The Story of India's Oldest and Largest Transgender festival!

India is a place of epic stories and one of the countries which possess a rich history. Unlike many other countries, which failed to continue the ancestral or ancient traditions, India, especially the state of Tamilnadu, in which people have been following the traditions for ages, is successful in maintaining the ancient traditions even today. Mythology and history are two concepts that help a human to follow a tradition or a culture and at the same time, they are the basis for breaking the stereotypes. Hence, respecting these two aspects makes a person believe in the community and make people follow unity in making the community stronger. The same thing happens every particular year as a grand festival in the village of Koovagam near Villupuram which is 200km away from Chennai, the capital city of Tamilnadu!

This is a festival of joy, tragedy, unity, encouragement, and empowerment. Many variations, tribes, and sub-tribes of the transgender community played a vital role in the mythology and history of India. Be it, the Pallavas in the south or the Mughals in the North, most of the mighty kingdoms and rulers have had Transgenders as court members, courtesans, dancers, and singers. They were worshiped and also treated as highly trustworthy more than any else, including queens. But unfortunately, the scenario has changed after the monarchy and people started criticizing Transgenders in various ways. Regally called as Eunuchs, these Transgenders are now being called as Hijra, chakka and much more demeaning, devaluing and degrading names.