Saturday, January 28, 2012

THAIPOOYAM-BIRTHDAY OF LORD MURUGAN

February 7, Tuesday is an auspicious day, Thai Pooyam (Thai Poosam- in Tamil) since it is the Birthday of Lord  Murugan and is celebrated by millions of his devotees.Visiting a Subramanya temple on that day will bring good fortune is the belief.
The incarnation of Lord Subramanaya was mainly for Killing the Asura 'Soorapadmasura' who was doing
all kinds of mischief to the humans as well as celestial beings.During the fight with the Asura and Subramanya
the Asura begged Subramanya for his life.Subramanya but killed him even though fulfilled his request in a peculiar way.Subramanya cut  his enemy's body with his spear  in to two parts and made one part as a peacock to use  as his vehicle and the other part as a Rooster which in turn used as his flag icon.
Lord Subramanya is believed to be in fond of the adoration of doing the unction with different materials such as milk,Oil,Rose water,coconut water,honey,Kumkum,Bhasmam(Sacred ash)Panchamritham(a mixture of several
fruits cut in to small pieces mixed with honey,ghee etc),sandalwood paste,flowers etc.One of the above item put in two small vessels  known as 'kalasam' and tied to a small wooden piece made out of 'Jackfruit' tree and
decorated with flowers,peacock feathers etc and carried on shoulder accompanied with drum beats and music as a procession to Subramanya temples is known as 'Kavady'  'ghoshayatra'(procession) and the unction with
the materials contained in it is known as kavady abhishekam.
This celebration with Kavady procession will be held in several Subramanya temples of Kerala on Thaipooyam Day and the most colorful and splendid celebration can be seen at Haripad,Perunna(Changanacherry),Udayanapuram(Near Vaikom of Kottayam),Payyannur,Cheriyanadu(Chengasnnur),Thampanoor(Trivandrum),Kidangoor etc in which thousands of Kavady will participate.
If the devotee conducts the taking of Kavady with 'Vrat' he will get blessings of the Lord in unbelievable manner.But for that he has to perform vrat for 41 days.Celibacy must be practiced and non vegetarian food should be avoided.A ' Tulsi garland' has to be worn,when ever possible consume 'Panchagavya' from temple
available after 'Pantheeradi pooja'.Read holy books and perform prayers every day.Day prior to taking of 'Kavady' eat only one time meal.The person who takes the kavady for the first time should take 'oil' kavady.
Many devotees pierce their cheeks,eyebrows,tongue etc with small spears to show their devotion and affection to Lord.Now a days it is seen that some people pierce all over their body and hang small bells.It is said that Lord Subramanya is 'Kshipra Prasadi' which means he sanctions our wishes within a short span gladly by our prayers but why people are praying to him taking this much pain is not known.
Any how without piercing our body parts Lord Subramanya will bless the devotee.On the Thaipooyam day
this kind of celebrations are being held at Pazhani,Trichenthur,Swami Mala,Maruthu Mala,Veli Mala etc also.Lord Subramanya is having six main temples known as 'Padai Veedugal' in Tamil Nadu which are visited
by millions of devotees every year.They are as follows:-
Thirupparam Kundram:-It is near Madurai and it is actually a cave temple.'Painkini Uthram' is celebrated
in large scale in this temple.
Thiruchenthur:-It is situated near Thirunelveli at Tuticorin.Chendoor,Senthil are other names of this temple.
Here the temple deity is having four hands.
Pazhani:-Lord Murugan after a dispute regarding a fruit left Kailash Mountain and came to Tamil Nadu and
believed to stayed on this hill.The shrine was made afterwards.He was told that 'Pazham Nee'(You are the
fruit of this universe) to make him calm  and the place  name turned to be 'Pazhani'.
Swami Mala:-Other names of this temple are Thiruverakam and Erakapathy.It is on the banks of river Kaveri  and near Thanchavoor.
Thiruthani:-It is also famous as Thanikaimalai.It is situated near Aarkonam.It is believed that Subramanya married 'Vally'at this place.Moreover after killing 'Soorapadmasura; Lord Muruga became calm in this place.
Pazhamuthirchola:-The other name of this temple is  'Azhakar Kovil'.It is a very beautiful place.It issituated
19km north to Madurai.Dancing peacocks in large numbers can be seen in this temple premises.
On Thaippooyam Day it is very auspicious and  blissful to visit this six temples.It will bring in all kinds of
prosperity and blessings from Lord Subramanya.

Thaipooya Vrat

Devotees of Lord Subramanya can perform
Vrat on Thaipooyam day and it is performed for
the betterment of our Children.Both men and women can take this Vrat which is very easy to perform.
Thaipooyam Vrat is taken by doing the arrangement from the previous day itself.Keep our body and mind clean from the previous day.Do not take
non vegetarian food on the previous day also and eat only fruits at night for supper.
On the Thaipooyam day get up early, take bath and visit Subramanya Temple or any other temple if
possible.Eat only FRUITS on that day.Chant the mantra "Ohm VACHAT BHUVE NAMAH" as many
times as possible on that day.It is the moola mantra of Lord Subramanya.Next day morning visit the temple
and by drinking the holy water you can get released from the vrat.This vrat is meant for the long life,well
being and for the prosperity of  your children and sure the Lord will Bless You also.Just by eating fruits
and by chanting 'Ohm Vachatbhuve Namah' for one day can make a lot of changes.Ladies..  is n't it
a very simple vrat but very much worth for the sake of your children?










2 comments:

Neelakantan said...

very nice. The Thai pooyam /Thai poosaam is also celebrated in a fitting manner in Singapore and Malaysia.



"Neelakantan ceeyes"

Pheidippides said...

Thai pooyam is celebrated in relation with the victory of Muruga over Tarakasur. Muruga was born on Trikkarthika.