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Pongal – Harvest festival

Pongal is the harvest festival celebrated by the people of Tamilnadu in mid January. They reap the crops and offer it to Sun God. It is also called as thanks giving festival. ‘Pongal’ comes from the word ‘ponga’ which literally means ‘boil’ and so ‘pongal’ denotes ‘spillover’ or that which is ‘overflowing’. It’s also the …

Panguni uthiram_Murugan
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Skandha Sashti

Skandha Sashti or Kanda Sashti Vratam is an important festival dedicated to Lord Muruga. It is observed in the Tamil month of Aippasi and most devotees fast during this 6-day period. It starts from the next day after Diwali and the final day is celebrated as Kandha Sashti. The last day is also called as …

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Navarathri

The word Navarathri means nine nights. We celebrate Navarathri five times during the year-  Vasantha navarathri, Ashad navarathri, Sharadh navarathri, Paush navarathri and Magha navarathri.  Sharadh navarathri is the most important navarathri and is called as the Maha navarathri. It is celebrated for 9 nights and 10 days during the tamil month Purattasi. During these …

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Vinayagar Chathurthi

Vinayagar Chathurthi is celebrated to honour Lord Ganesha. He has different names like Ganesha, Pillayar, Vinayagar, Moshika vaahanar.  He is the God who removes obstacles. Whenever we start some new ventures in life, first we offer prayers to Pillayar. A coconut is broken in front of the temple. It is called s Sedhar thengai. As the …

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Gokulashtami / Krishna jayanthi

Gokulashtami / Krishna Jayanthi marks the birth of Lord Krishna. It falls on the 8th day after Avani Avittam. On this day, we draw the small footprints from the entrance to the Pooja room. It denotes the entry of Lord Krishna and to welcome Him. Many people draw the footprints like number 8 or they …

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Avani Avittam

Yajur Upaakarma Sankalpam Avani Avittam is an important ritual associated with the Brahmin community in the world. The day is of great significance to Rig, Yajur, Sama Vedic Brahmins. On the next day, we observe Gayatri Japa Sankalmpam. In other parts of South India, the observance is known as Upakarma. On the day of Avani …

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Aadi Pooram

            Aadi Pooram is one of the important festivals for Iyengars. The pooram star that falls on this month is the birthday of Andal. She is the only woman among 12 Alwars who composed Divya Prabhandham. She composed pasurams like Thiruppavai and Nachiyar thirumozhi. Vaaranam Aayiram is a renowned Thirumozhi. …

Aadi perukku
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Aadi perukku – Padhinettam perukku

Aadi perukku is a unique South Indian and specially a Tamil festival celebrated on the 18th day of the Tamil month of Adi. Tamil month Aadi, marks the beginning of monsoon in Tamilnadu. During this month, water level rises in rivers due to monsoon.To show our gratitude to the Nature and to thank the mother …

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Aadi Krithigai

Aadi Krithigai is celebrated on the Krithigai star day during the month of Aadi. It is a spiritual month for special God based activities. It is of human origin to survive with relationship and financial problems at the least. Muruga is the promising primordial power who wards off the negative forces and obstacles of your …

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Maavilakku poojai

  Maavilakku poojai is ideally performed on a Friday omitting the first and last Friday of the Aadi month. The procedure for performing maavilakku poojai is as follows.   In my family We keep kuzhavi,chooral and a wooden board.  Then we make and apply turmeric paste on the wooden board. We place 25 red dots …

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