The float festival also known as Theppam Festival alias Theppathiruvizha
marks the conclusion of the annual 12-day long 'Thai Poosam' festival
of Madurai- Meenakshi Temple. Falling on the full moon day (Thaipoosam
day) of the Tamil month Thai (January/February), Theppam festival is celebrated
at the Vandiyur Mariamman Teppakulam, a beautiful square tank situated
5 kms east of the temple. During the festive days, the center mandapam
of the tank having the deity of Vigneshwara is illuminated with colorful
lights. The festival ceremonies start early morning with the procession
of carrying the idols of Goddess Meenakshi Amman (Goddess Parvathi) and
her partner Sundareswarar (Lord Siva) from the Meenakshi temple.
Celebrated with huge enthusiasm and pleasure, this festival attracts
thousands of tourists from far and near. It is also believed that
the festival is celebrated to pay homage to King Thirumalai Nayak, who
had built the Teppakulam.