Aadi Krithigai is dedicated to Lord Murugan who is known to bring wisdom, courage, perfect health, victory and valor in the lives of their devotees. Murugan is the youngest son of Lord Shiva. He is the god of Tamils or the Tamil Kadaval Muruga. Lord Murugan has different names: Kumara, Kanda, Kadamba, Kadhrivel, Karthikeyan, Arumurgan, Saravana, Subramanya. He was born with 6 faces from the fire from the third eye of Shiva and brought up by the six Karthigal pengal (girls).
There are six festivals celebrated to worship Lord Murugan they are: Thai Poosam, Panguni Uthiram, Vaikasi Vikasam, Aadi Krithigai, Soora Samharam and Karthigai deepam.
As Aadi Krithigai is round the clock let’s put up some light on this festival.
This is the most auspicious day for Lord Murugan. This year it falls on the 26th July. Skanda Purana is a book which describes the legends associated with Aadi Krithigai.
Rituals and Ceremonies
On this day, special poojas and homams are performed at the Arupadai Veedu which are in Thirchendur, Palani, Tiruttani, Swamymalai, Tiruparankudram, Palamudircholai. The most important Kavadi yatra also takes pace on this day. This is the time when the divine showers their grace on earth and answers the prayer of their devotees. People participate in the Chariot processions. The devotees spend their day chanting Lord Murugan mantras, hymns, kavadi attam etc.
People on this day wear saffron or green clothes, undertake Paada yatra. They take paal kudam, pushpa kavadi, paneer kavadi, they shave their heads and do angapradakshinam.
Aadi Krithigai is one of the most highly auspicious days because the divine forces listen to the prayers of the devotees and bestow them with blessings and enhance their life.
It is very important to worship lord murugan on this day because lord Murugan is known for bringing goodness, wisdom, power, health, victory, relationship and prosperity in the lives of their devotees.