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Karthigai Nakshatra (Star), also known as Kritika 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. Kritika means “cutters” or “Critical” and symbolizes destruction of negativities and impurities. The characteristics of the star dominate femininity rather than masculinity.
Karthigai 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 Karthigai Nakshatra for Lord Muruga.
Worshipping God of fire (Agni) and Lord Muruga (Lord Subramanya) can help you to give a desired change in life by burning out all the impurities or the wrongdoing and give birth to purity, morality and virtues. Connecting with Lord Muruga on Karthigai Nakshatra (Krittika) day which falls in the month of Aadi (July- Aug month) is highly auspicious. Offering prayers and worshipping the Muruga, can help you to prosper with health, wisdom, spirituality and power. It also helps to reduce the negative influence of 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 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). On praying Lord Muruga on this day with great fervor and faith can bless you with Wisdom, Power, Health, Victory, Relationship and Prosperity.
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.