What is Krittika Nakshatra?
Krittika Nakshatra is the third star of the 27 Nakshatras and is ruled by the Lord Surya (Sun). The Star has Lord Agni (Fire) and Lord Muruga as its presiding deities. Krittika means “cutters” or “Critical” and symbolizes destruction of negativities and impurities. The characteristics of the star dominate femininity rather than masculinity.
Significance of Krittika Nakshatra
Krittika Nakshatra is considered highly auspicious for worshipping Lord Muruga. According to Skanda Purana, Lord Muruga was born from the Third eye of Lord Shiva in the form of 6 flames. Agni and Vayu Devas carried the flames to Karthigai Pengal to nurture the babies. Once they attained boyhood, Goddess Parvati united them to a single boy with 6 faces. This gave Lord Muruga, the name “Shanmuga”. Goddess Parvati blessed Karthigai Pengal (six maidens) with a boon that special rituals or Poojas will be held on Krittika Nakshatra for Lord Muruga.
Why Fast and Worship Muruga on Krittika
Worshipping God of fire (Agni) and Lord Muruga (Lord Subramanya) can bestow desired changes in life by burning out all the impurities or the wrongdoing and give birth to purity, morality and virtues. Connecting with Lord Muruga on Krittika Nakshatra day which falls in the month of Aadi (July- Aug month) is highly auspicious. By offering prayers and worshipping Lord Muruga, you gain the blessings to prosper with health, wisdom, spirituality and power. It also helps to reduce the negative influence of the planet Mars.
The Tamil month of Aadi (Ashada) falls between Mid Jul – Mid Aug and is considered highly auspicious, when divine forces blesses 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 Pooja to be offered to Gods and Goddesses.
Aadi Kirthigai is Lord Muruga’s Power Day, on which special offerings are made to him at the Arupadai Veedu Temples (6 Abodes of Lord Muruga). Praying to Lord Muruga on this day with great fervor and faith can bless you with Wisdom, Power, Health, Victory, Relationship and Prosperity.
Karthigai Deepam is celebrated in South India to revere Lord Muruga. This festival of lights is celebrated in the Tamil month of Karthigai (Nov – Dec) on a Full Moon day, when the Moon is in line Pleiades constellation – Krittika Nakshatra. On this day, every household is adorned with vibrant lamps in the evening and tasteful prasads are offered to Lord Muruga to invoke his divine blessings in your life.
The day is fervidly celebrated as a dedication to Lord Shiva at Thiruvannamalai, where a huge lamp called Mahadeepam is lit up on the Sacred Mountain. Thousands of devotees gather to have a glimpse of the holy fire and seek the blessings of the Supreme God, Lord Shiva.
Thai Kirthigai is celebrated in the month of Thai (Jan – Feb) on the day of Krittika star, revering Lord Muruga, the presiding deity of the star. On this day, special prayers and Pooja are offered to Lord Muruga in temples, along with abishekam (hydration ceremony) and different alankarams (decorations).
Ardent devotees of Lord Muruga carry pots of milk and kavadis (decorative arch) to his temples. Some people express their sincere devotion by piercing their faces with Vels (spears) and go on Padha Yatra to his abodes (reach the temple by walking without transport services). Worshipping Lord Muruga on Thai Kirthigai can bestow one with courage, sound knowledge, practical skills and sharp intelligence.
The sacred scriptures prescribe fire ceremony, Abishekam (hydration ceremony), Pooja/Archana (Light and Sound ceremony), Yantra and Mantra (special sounds) as the ways to offer your prayer to the divine. Out of these, fire ceremony is the most evolved spiritual technology on earth to connect with the divine beings. Participate in the remedial services to clear your karma and receive the blessings.