Valli Kalyanam or Sri Valli Murugan Thirukalyanam is the celestial wedding ceremony of Lord Murugan or Subramanya and the tribal girl Sri Valli. Valli Kalyanam is observed on Vaikasi Visakam or Vaigasi Visagam day in temples dedicated to Murugan. The legend associated with ritual is mentioned in many scriptures of Tamil religious literature. In 2015, Vaikasi Visakam date is June 1.
Legend of Valli Kalyanam (Valli Murugan Thirukalyanam Story)
Once upon a time, the hill region of Tamil Nadu was ruled by Nambirajan, the king of the Kuravas or a tribal sect. Nambirajan prayed to Lord Shiva for a daughter and Shiva replied that he would find a baby girl in a woods. As per Shiva blessed the king, he found a baby girl and named her as ‘Vallinayaki’ and brought up her with pride.
Valli grew up to be a beautiful angel. Subramanya (Skanda / Kartikeya) saw her and love her at first sight. But her sisters were very possessive and protective of their sister and attacked on Kartikeya to protect Valli from him. After then, Skanda tried a lot of times to meet Valli but not succeeded.
Then he sought the help of his elder brother Lord Vinayaka who is also known as destroyer of obstacles. Ganesha appeared in front of Valli as a wild elephant and ran on to Valli. Valli was afraid and embraced Subramanya and offered him that she would give anything in return. Skanda saved her and married Valli. Nambirajan celebrated the marriage ceremony of Sri Valli and Murugan in a great manner.
The legend also says that Lord Murugan was manifested himself as ‘Vengai Maram’ (a stump) which we can still see in Velimalai Subramanya swamy temple in South Tamil Nadu.
In 2014, Vaikasi Visakam date was June 11. In 2013, Vaikasi Visakam date was May 24.