Aadi Krithigai 2016 – Festival dedicated to Lord Muruga
Muruga in Tamil means beauty. Extolled as the epitome of beauty, valor and "Jnana" (Supreme Knowledge), Muruga is worshiped in several ways, through various rituals. In all Murugan temples, special poojas and yagams are conducted for Lord Muruga on Aadi Kirthigai day. In all the Aaru Padai Vedu (Six Battle Camps of Muruga) Temples, special poojas are held and devotees walk and come and offer Kavadi for Muruga.
Bala Subramanyaswamy Temple - Tiruchendur
Dandayudhapani Temple - Palani
Subramanya Swamy Temple - Tiruttani
Swamynathaswamy Temple - Swamymalai
Subramanya Swamy Temple - Tiruparankundram
Subramanya Swamy Temple - Palamudircholai
Adi Krithigai in some regions is celebrated to symbolize the victory of good over evil when Murugan slew the demon Surapadma. After the annihilation of the demon, Muruga blessed devotees with boons.
The Krithigai star or Nakshatra is considered highly auspicious to worship Muruga. Aadi Krithigai is more important because Aadi is the first month in the Dakshinayana punyakalam (when the sun god changes his direction from north to south).
Devotees carry flower Kavadi on the Aadi Krithigai day. It is celebrated in a huge way with many rituals in Murugan temples across the world.