There are numerous myth associated with Thaipusam. But the most important legend is that of Goddess Parvati presenting ‘Vel’ to muruga to eliminate demon Tharakasura.
Vel myth behind celebrating Thaipusam
Sages were fed up with the troubles created by demon Tarakasuran and his friends. They complained to Lord Shiva and he instructed Lord Muruga to help them. Lord Shiva gave him eleven weapons and Mother Parvati presented the most powerful ‘Vel.’ Lord Muruga killed the demons including Tharakasuran on Pusam star in the month of
commemorate Thai. Thaipusam is celebrated to this victory of good over evil.
Another legend about Thaipusam is associated with the Kavadi. It involves Lord Muruga testing the determination of Idumban, the student of Sage Agasthya.
Curse on Lord Muruga and Thaipusam
Another myth revolves around Lord Muruga eavesdropping into the conversation between Lord Shiva and Parvati. Lord Shiva was rendering an important mantra to Parvati and Lord Muruga listened to it by hiding. Parvati discovered that Lord Muruga was eavesdropping and cursed him.
Lord Muruga acknowledged his mistake and started a penance. Parvati was pleased and appeared before him with Lord Shiva. Thaipusam is believed to be the day in which Parvati appeared before Lord Muruga.
Cosmic Dance and Thaipusam
According to another legend Lord Shiva and Parvati were involved in a cosmic dance on the Thaipusam day. It is said that all the gods assembled to watch this cosmic dance.
River Kaveri and Thaipusam
Another myth of Thaipusam revolves around Lord Vishnu and River Kaveri. Kaveri was jealous of River
Ganga getting so much of importance - especially Ganga residing on the locks of Lord Shiva. She prayed to Lord Vishnu and it is believed that Lord Vishnu appeared before her on Thaipusam day.
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