Vaikasi Visakam is celebrated in the honor of Lord Muruga, the God of war and courage. The day is considered as his birthday or the day when he reincarnated and came on earth to free it from three demon brothers, Soorapadman, Singamuhan, and Tharakasura. Muruga took birth to protect Gods (devas) from dark forces of evil. This day falls on the full moon day (Purnima) in the month of Vaikasi (May-June), according to Tamil calendar. The divine creation took place under Visakam (Visakam is one of the 27 Nakshatras, lunar mansion and it is the birth star of Murugan).The day is also known as Vaigasi Visakam and Vaiskashi Vishakam and is celebrated mainly by the Tamil community.
In 2015, Vaikasi Visakam is commemorated on 1st June 2015
The auspicious time for the prayers is as follows:
5:28 - 07:11
10:36 - 12:19
12:19 - 15:45
17:27 - 19:10
Devotees visit nearby temples dedicated to Muruga and carry milk with them to perform Abhishekam Bathing the idol of the Hindu deity(bathing the idol with milk, water, honey, oil or curd, etc.). They also carry Kavadi (heavy rituals bearings symbolizing physical pain and hardship) to the temple to prove their dedication and to purge their souls of evil acts they committed in the past. Some also pierce their cheeks, tongue, and lips and some shave their heads. People perform special Puja It is a prayer ritual performed to make offerings, honoring, evoking or worshipping gods. The ceremony can also be performed to pay homage to the beloved ones who are dead(worshipping ritual) for the deity and hymns and prayers written for him are continuously sung. These include Kanda Sashti Kavacham, Subrahmanya Bhujangam, Thiruppugazh and Shanmukha Kavacham.
At various temples, ten days celebrations takes place, and flag hoisting becomes one of the major rituals. Wearing saffron or green clothes is also considered highly auspicious. Red oleander flowers are also offered to the deity. Devotees also feed the needy on this day, but their number should not be less than 18.
Vaikasi Visakam is celebrated with great zeal and fervor in temples like Palani Hill Temple, ThiruchendurMurugan temple, Arulmigu Swaminatha Swami temple, Thiruthani MuruganMurugan
Murugan, also known as Kumaran, is a Hindu deity and son of Shiva and Parvati. He is regarded as the commander- in-chief of the army of the gods. temple, Sri Subramanya Temple and Thiruparam kundram temple. These all are located in Tamil Nadu, India.
Devotees can be freed from negative influences in their lives. They can overcome the evil desires and traits like jealousy, lust, anger, greed, dishonesty, and sloth. It is believed that Muruga was given a weapon, called Vel, It is divine spear which is carried by the Hindu God named Karthikeya. He was presented with this spear by Parvati. It was the embodiment of her Shakti. The motive of giving this weapon was to end a demon named Soorapadman. The demon got scared and converted himself into a mango tree. Karthikeya then used the vel to split the tree into two and one of them became a rooster and another, a peacock. It is also a symbol of divinity. There is also a festival dedicated to it named Thaipusam in which people celebrate the receiving of Vel by Karthikeya.
by his mother, ParvatiParvati
After the death of Shiva's first love Sati, Shiva.... It was a symbol of higher intelligence and courage (Shakti) and through this spear he destroys the negativity, doubt and past bad karmas (evil deeds). Thus praying to him on this particular day can bring positivity in one’s life and free him/her from the luggage of past deeds.