What is Thai Poosam?
Thai Poosam is a festival celebrated by the Tamil community on the full moon in the Tamil month of Thai (January-February). This day is dedicated to Lord Muruga, son of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. This day is regarded as a day that marks the triumph of good over evil, as Muruga himself descended to the earth plane to protect the people.
History of Thai Poosam
Lord Muruga is the commander-in-chief of the Devas’ army and is bestowed with enormous powers by Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. It is believed that on this day, Goddess Parvati presented a lance or Vel, signifying “Brahma Jnanam” or absolute knowledge, to Lord Muruga to help him conquer the three Asuras- Surapadman, Singamugan, Tarakasura and their army of demons.