Mayana Kollai 2020 at Pondicherry Goubert Market

The Festival and Festivities associated with Hinduism are a complex undertaking of symbolism and storytelling. From the popular festivals like Holi, Dussehra, and Diwali to the lesser known such as Angalaamman Mayana Kollai have stories to be told.
In the story of angalaamman has elements of betrayal, hatred and salvation from the chains that bind these emotions.
The major function celebrated for angalaamman is "Mayana Kollai" celebrated in the Tamil month of Maasi; the English month of February and March. It consists of an Animal sacrifice, goats and chickens are sacrificed in her name or for her. The functions falls on a new moon day of the Tamil month Maasi (Maasi Amavasya)and the day before the new moon day is Maha Shivaratri which is the​ main festive occasion contributed for Lord Shiva. In Malaiyanoor the festivities are celebrated for ten days and Angalaamman is decorated in different forms and she is taken in a ​ chariot through out the streets of Malaiyanoor.
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