Chitra Pournami or the Full Moon in Chithirai month is an auspicious day in Tamil calendar. As it is the first purnima in tamil new year and also marks the grand celebrations in many temples. In 2013, Chitra Pournami date is 25 April, Thursday. The temple towns in Tamil Nadu, Madurai and Thiruvannamalai are decked with grand look for celebrations.
In Madurai Meenakshi Temple, Chithirai festival is held during Pournami day. On this day, ‘Sri Kallazhagar or Kallalagar Vaigai Aatril Ezhuntharural’ is performed. Chitra Pournami Girivalam at Thiruvannamalai temple is an auspicious event. More than a million devotees visit the temple and perform Girivalam on Chithra Purnima.
Chaitra Purnima is celebrated as Hanuman Jayanti in Maharashtra, Karnataka, and Andhra Pradesh.