Thai Poosam is celebrated in the Tamil Month of Thai (Jan 14 – Feb 14) when the full moon day coincides with the star ‘Poosam’. At the temple, we will be celebrating the festival with ‘Paal Kudam’, ‘Kavadi’, abhishekam, and archana to Lord Subramanya.
To Sponsor Abhishekam on Thai Poosam – SRI SUBRAMANYA
This festival celebrates the event of Lord Subramanya receiving the vel from his Mother, Goddess Parvathy, to kill the demon Tarakasuran.
Thaipusam is a festival marked by acts of penance such as carrying the kavadi. “Kavadi” is usually a simple branch of a tree with two pots of milk tied at either end and decorated by a wooden arch, flowers and peacock’s tail feathers.
According to legends, Lord Shiva entrusted sage Agastya with two hills, the Shivagiri Hill and the Shaktigiri Hill, with instructions install them in the present day Southern India. The sage left them in a forest and later asked his disciple, Idumban, to get them. Idumban found the two hillocks, lifted them with great difficulty but put them down near Palani – the now famous shrine of Murugan. When he attempted to continue his journey, he found that the hillocks were immovable. Idumban sought the help of a youth, but the youth claimed the hillocks belonged to him. In the ensuing scuffle, Idumban was defeated. Idumban then realised that the youth was Lord Murugan.
Seeking forgiveness form the Lord, Idumban prayed anyone carrying the kavadi – signifying the two hills – and visiting the temple on a vow should be blessed abundantly and that He (Idumban) should be given the privilege of standing sentinel at the entrance to the hill. To this day, devotees pay obeisance to the shrine of Idumban before entering the Palani temple with the kavadi. The custom of kavadi spread from Palani to all Murugan shrines worldwide.