Thai Poosam is a festival celebrated in the Tamil month Thai. Thai Poosam 2016 date is January 24. The Tamil month Thai usually falls in January – February. Thai pusam, a festival dedicated to worship Lord Murugan, is a popular and most celebrated festival for Tamilians. Thai Poosam is celebrated on the day of Poosam nakshatra (star) around the Purnima in the Tamil month Thai.
Who is Lord Murugan?
Lord Murugan is the son of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. Lord Muruga is also known as Shanmuga, Subramanya Swamy, Skanda, Kumara Swamy and Kartikeya. He is the Army General of the gods (Senani of the Deva ganas).
Legends, Myths about Thai Poosam:
The story of Thai Pusam goes like this… Once there was a demon called Tharakasura, by whom common people, saints, sages and even the gods were suffered a lot. When its time to break the evil acts of the demon Tharakasura, Lord Shiva called Lord Muruga to demolish the demon. He was given ‘Vel (the prominent weapon which The Lord Muruga holds in his hand) by his mother Goddess Parvati, and another eleven weapons by his father Lord Shiva. Lord Muruga demolished Tarakasura on the Poosam Nakshatra day (when Poosam was the nakshatra).
Thai Poosam Celebrations:
The rituals and customs during Thai Poosam make the festival more attractive and more colourful. Tamilians all around the world observe the puja (worship) of Lord Muruga with a great fervor. All the Murugan temples premises are decorated and sanctified to celebrate the fest Thai Pusam in a grand manner.
During the fest, devotees sing songs and dance according to the beats of bands, and they pierce their bodies with needles. Body piercing is the most preferred act during the occasion.
Thai Pusam in Singapore:
Thai Pusam is the biggest festival for Tamilians who stay in Singapore and Thailand. Reports say that approximately 60,000 people attend the celebrations that are held in Singapore.
It is a very special occasion in the Six Battle Camps or ‘Arupadai Veedu’ of Murugan.
Some of the famous temples of Lord Murugan in Tamilnadu:
Bala Subramanyaswamy Temple – Tiruchendur, Tuticorin district
Dandayudapani Temple – Palani, Dindigul district
Subramanya Swamy Temple – Tiruttani, Thiruvallur district
Swamynathaswamy Temple – Swamymalai, Thanjavur district
Subramanya Swamy Temple – Tiruparankundram, Madurai district
Subramanya Swamy Temple – Palamudir cholai
Famous Temple of lord Muruga in Andhra Pradesh:
Subramanya Swamy Temple, Skandagiri, Padmarao Nagar, Secunderabad, Hyderabad.