Koovagam

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Koovagam
village
Koovagam is located in Tamil Nadu
Koovagam
Koovagam
Location in Tamil Nadu, India
Coordinates: 11°50′11″N 79°20′31″E / 11.83639°N 79.34194°E / 11.83639; 79.34194Coordinates: 11°50′11″N 79°20′31″E / 11.83639°N 79.34194°E / 11.83639; 79.34194
Country  India
State Tamil Nadu
District Viluppuram
Languages
 • Official Tamil
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
Vehicle registration TN-

Koovagam is a village in the Ulundurpettai taluk in Villupuram district, Tamil Nadu.[1] It is famous for its annual festival of transgender and transvestite individuals, which takes fifteen days in the Tamil month of Chitrai (April/May).

The festival takes place at the Koothandavar Temple dedicated to Aravan (Koothandavar). The participants marry the Lord Koothandavar, thus reenacting an ancient myth of Lord Vishnu/Krishna who married him after taking a form of a woman called Mohini. The next day, they mourn the god Koothandavar's death through ritualistic dances and by breaking their bangles. An annual beauty pageant and several other competitions like singing contests are held.[citation needed]

Basic rights of transgender and transvestite individuals and health care are discussed in seminars too. People from different places attend this festival.

Location From Viluppuram 25 km and from Ulundurpet 15 km.

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