Atla Taddi is the festival which falls after Dasara every year. It is the regional festvial of Andhra Pradesh, celebrated by married women as well as unmarried women. Goddess Gauri is worshipped on the day of Atla Taddi. In 2014, Atla Thaddhi vratham date is October 10.
It is celebrated on the third day after Ashwayuja Purnima, the Full Moon day in Ashwayuja masam of Telugu calendar, and falls in October as per Gregorian calendar.
Why Atla Thaddi festival is celebrated?
Atla Thadde is the Telugu festival equivalent of Karva Chauth, a popular festival in North India which is celebrated on the following day.
This vratam is mainly performed by married women for their marital bliss and wellness of their husbands.
Unmarried women perform Gauri Puja and celebrate the festival with utmost fervor to be blessed with a good and caring husband and great married life.
Atla Thaddi Gauri Puja Procedure – How to perform Atla Thadde Gauri Puja:
A small idol of Gauri is made with Pasupu (turmeric) and installed in a sacred and sanctified place. The idol is called Gauramma. Gauramma is offered Abhisheka (bath) while reciting the mantras, the performers spill Pasupu (turmeric powder), Kumkuma (crimson powder) and shower flowers.
At the end of the puja, Goddess is offered Naivedyam (food offerings) and then Aarti is given to Goddess Gauri. After Gauri Puja or Atla Thaddi Nomu, the performers and all family members take theertham and prasadam.