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Aadi Kirthigai: Krittika Star in Tamil Month Aadi
Aadi month (is the Vedic month that falls during July– August) in the Vedic calendar is the time which is filled with various spiritual and religious activities. This is the beginning of the Summer Solstice and the Sun starts moving towards the Southern direction. Especially, during this month people are aligned with their spiritual energy and get involved in various spiritual and religious activities. This month is also dedicated to Goddess Shakti as the energy of the goddess is very strong and vibrant during this month.
Krittika Nakshatra (Krittika Star) is the 3rd among the 27 stars. The day ruled by this star during the Tamil month of Aadi (July–August) is known as Aadi Kirthigai. This day is considered to be very auspicious and one of the best times for propitiating Lord Muruga , as it is the favorable star for Lord Muruga.
Significance of Aadi Kirthigai
Goddess Parvati blessed Karthigai Pengal (six maidens who nurtured the six babies born from Lord Shiva’s third eye) with a boon that special rituals or Poojas will be held on Krittika Nakshatra for Lord Muruga.
The Tamil month of Aadi (Ashada) falls between Mid July and Mid August and is considered highly auspicious, when divine forces bless the Earth with grace and answer your prayers.
Aadi month falls on the second half of the year, which is called as Dakshinayanam, when the Sun transits from Northern to Southern Hemisphere. Hence, the entire month of Aadi is ideal for special prayers and Poojas offered to Gods and Goddesses.
Aadi Kirthigai, is Lord Muruga’s Power Day, on which special offerings are made to him at Arupadai Veedu Temples (6 Abodes of Lord Muruga).
Rituals of Aadi Kirthigai
Apart from the Pooja and Homa in temples in general, special and elaborate celebrations are organized in Arupadai Veedu (Six Bodes of Lord Muruga) — Tiruttani, Thiruchendur, Swamimalai, Palani, Pazhamudircholai and Thirupparankundram. Chanting mantras and hymns, kavadi attam (a traditional dance) are endured by devotees. Some devotees also undertake fasting.
Benefits of Aadi Kirthigai
Praying Lord Muruga on Aadi Kirthigai can
- Bless you with wisdom, power, health, victory, relationship and prosperity
- Observing fast on this day can reduce the negative impacts of the planet Mars
- Destroy negative elements in life
- Remove obstacles and bestow you with all-round success
- Alleviate debts and diseases