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Dharmapuri transgender crowned Miss Koovagam

DC | 24th Apr 2013
The winner and runners up in the Miss Koovagam title at Villupuram district on Tuesday. 	— DC
The winner and runners up in the Miss Koovagam title at Villupuram district on Tuesday. — DC

 

 
Villupuram: Chaya Singh, a transgender from Dharmapuri, was crowned Miss Koovagam 2013 at a personality contest held at Koovagam village on Tuesday. Anushka from Andhra Pradesh was the first runner-up and Deepika from Chennai the second runner-up at the contest conducted as part of the annual Koovagam festival at the Kooth­anda­var temple in Villupuram district. 
 
Hundreds of aravanis who had thronged Villu­puram district to participate in the 18-day-long festival arrived in all types of cost­umes – traditional, wes­tern, oriental and ethn­ic with heavy make-up and weirdo hairstyles. The festival symbolizes the mythical wedding of Lord Krishna in a female form to Aravaan, a warrior who was sacrificed for the victory of the Pandavas in the Mahabharatha war. 
 
At the end of festivities, the transgenders would go to the Koothandavar temple in Koovagam village on Tuesday night and get the temple priest to tie the nuptial knot around their necks to symbolize their marriage to Aravaan. 
 
The idol of Aravaan wo­uld be taken out in a proc­es­sion on April 24 and bu­rnt in the village. To sym­b­o­lize this, transgenders dr­a­ped in white sarees, would break their bangles and sn­ap their thalis and mourn for the lost husband, marking the end of the festival. They return the following year to renew their bon­da­ge with the temple. 
 
President of the Villu­pur­am District Aravanis (Women) Welfare Assoc­iat­ion, Radha told DC that those undergoing hormonal changes voluntarily op­ted for gender conversion op­erations and Aravanis did not force them to un­dergo sex ch­a­nge. She said that it was un­fortunate that some of them had turned sex workers and beggars due to poor economic conditions. A few were equipped with degr­ees and the State should provide them jobs, she added. 
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Well done to her in winning the competition.

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