Pondicherry is a culture of immense diversity and it’s perfectly exhibited in the vibrant festivals of Pondicherry. One of the biggest and grandest religious festivals in Pondicherry, Masi Magam is the testament of the vibrant culture of Pondicherry. Also known as Maasi Makam, Masi Magam is a Tamil festival which is majorly celebrated by Tamilians in Pondicherry. Celebrated during the Tamil month of “Masi”, during the Makam Nakshatra, the festival’s date usually falls around February or March. Usually, Makam Nakshatra coincides with full moon day but that is not always the case.
During the festive celebration, the deities are taken from the temples in and around Pondicherry to a water body for a ceremonial bath. The water body could be anything ranging from Lake, sea, pond to a river. Alongside deities, devotees also take a holy dip in the waterbody. It is believed that a holy dip after the ceremonial bath of deities can wash off the sins of humans.
A vibrant cultural extravaganza, Masi Magam in Pondicherry is a cultural experience rather than a religious festival. Thousands of people flocking the streets to take the deities for the ceremonial bath is one of the best examples of the vibrant culture of Pondicherry. One of the biggest gatherings in Pondicherry, Masi Magam in Pondicherry is a must-visit experience for every tourist visiting Pondicherry in February and March.
Celebrated during the Tamil month of “Masi”, during the Makam Nakshatra, the festive date usually falls around February or March.
Special Highlights/Rituals of the Festival
- The major highlight of Masi Magam in Pondicherry is the procession of deities carried from temples in Pondicherry to water bodies. The deities are taken to the water bodies for a ceremonial bath.
- After the ceremonial bath, devotees also take a dip in the water. It is said that doing so would get rid of their sins and their ancestral sins.