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Embracing Divine Blessing: Vaikasi Visakam 2024

 

Vaikasi Visakam is a Hindu festival celebrated primarily in Southern Indian states. It falls in the Tamil month of Vaikasi, which typically falls in May or June, coinciding with the full moon day (Visakam).    

Vaikasi Visakam is celebrated as the birth of Lord Murugan, who is known as the God of courage, wealth, and wisdom, mainly celebrated by Tamil people all over the world. This festival holds a special place for followers of the Hindu deity Murugan, also known as Lord Kartikeya in Northern states.  Lord Murugan is the second son of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvathi.  In Tamil Nadu, Lord Murugan is addressed with different names such as Kathirvelan, Saravanan, Subramanya, Shanmugam, and some others.  Murugan is often depicted as a youthful deity, riding a peacock and holding a spear or Vel, which symbolizes wisdom and victory.   

Birth of Lord Murugan   

Vaikasi Visakam marks the auspicious occasion, birth of Murugan, the Brave Warrior-God. He was born with the sacred mission of safeguarding the realms of the world from the looming threat of evil.   

The demon Surapadman grew immensely powerful, causing great trouble and posing a serious threat to the balance of the universe. Faced with this serious situation, the gods were in desperate need of a solution to counteract the demon's growing strength.  So, Lord Shiva, the supreme deity, and his consort, Goddess Parvati, devised a divine plan to bring forth a savior. Shiva, with his omnipotent third eye, emitted a radiant spark of divine energy, charged to create a powerful being capable of defeating Surapadman and restoring cosmic harmony.

 The special spark split into six parts and fell into the river Ganges. These parts eventually reached the Saravana Poigai lake in South India. Parvathi gathered these sparks and formed them into a boy named Sara Vana. Then, Parvathi asked the six Krittika stars to look after Murugan like their own child. Under their care, Murugan grew up quickly and became a strong warrior. Lord Murugan is a God of Knowledge, he taught Lord Shiva the meaning of the term “Om”.   

Lord Murugan specially known as Lord Arumugam, has six faces and six different temples in different places, called Arupadai veedu in Tamil Nadu. Murugan is known as the god of victory and courage. He is also associated with qualities such as wisdom, purity, and devotion.  

The birth of Lord Murugan is celebrated with joy and reverence by devotees, particularly during festivals like Skanda Sashti and Panguni Uthiram, which is considered as his triumph over evil and is remembrance through various rituals and prayers.   

Significance of Vaikasi Visakam   

   On Vaikasi visakam day, devotees engage in various religious activities, including special prayers, pujas (ritual offerings), Paal abhishekam (ritual bathing of the deity), Paal kudam (milk pot).  

Some people take the Kavadi (offerings to Lord Murugan) to the temple and perform fire rituals at the temple. 

Devotees also keep fasting without eating hot foods and consuming milk and fruits.

Some devotees carry the idols of Lord Murugan are adorned with flowers and ornaments to the temple. 

Devotees also chant a fire mantra “Sa Ra Va Na Ba Va Namha” and sing devotional songs in Praise of Lord Muruga.  Reciting this fire mantra protects us from all evil and problems.  

 The Tamil Saiva saint Arunagirunathar, insists us to keep this in mind, and focus on Lord Murugan’s form with our eyes closed for a few seconds to get his blessings. Vaikasi visakam is special in all the Arupadai veedu, especially in the Subramaniya Swamy temple, located in Thiruchendur. Vaikasi visakam is an opportunity for people to express their devotion to Lord Murugan and seek his blessings for prosperity, success, and spiritual well-being. Worshiping Lord Murugan on this special day is believed to ease all our problems and give relief from evil things. 

Vaikasi Visakam date and time  

 In 2024, Vaikasi Visakam on Wednesday, 22 May 2024, starts at 8:17 a.m. and ends on Thursday, 23 May 2024 at 9:43 a.m.  

Celebrate this Vaikasi visakam with your family and recieve the blessing of Lord Murugan.

  

 


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