The carnival of Kulasai Dussehra
Sri Mutharamman temple is located at Kulasekharapatnam village near Thiruchendur 55 km south of Thoothukudi (Tamil Nadu, India) on the East coast Road en route to Kanyakumari. The Dussehra celebrations in September/October every year are second to that of Mysore (Karnataka,India).
The uniqueness and oddity of the festival is that the devotees need not spend from their pocket. They are expected to beg alms from door to door and a token offerings only is expected to be offered at shrine after meeting out their expenses.
On the climatic day the sea shores of this otherwise deserted coastal village turns into veritable carnival of folk music and folk dance of the devotees in their chosen fancy dresses to either solicit the grace of or to thank for the boon granted by presiding deity Sri Mutharamman considered to be the incarnation of SAKTHI the consort of LORD SHIVA in Hinduism.
More than 1.5 million people gather here year after year on the tenth day after new moon day in the month purattasi (September/October) according to the Tamil calendar. Dussehra day is considered a most auspicious day.
It is a time-honored belief that if any new venture is started on this day, it is bound to be successful. Hence, all the undertakings be it laying of foundation of a new building, opening of a new commercial establishment or even initiating a child into the world of learning- are started on this day.
In this temple dussehra is being celebrated as a big festival. Lakhs of people are assemble here to celebrate this festival.
This temple stands unique amongst the other temples, which celebrates Dussehra . The same dussehra itself is celebrated here as a 12-day function instead of 9 days(Navratri).