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Aadi Pooram – Celebrating the Birth of Andal

Aadi Pooram, or Adi Puram, in the Tamil month of Aadi (mid July to mid August) celebrates the birth of Andal who is believed to be an incarnation of Goddess Lakshmi. Aadi is the fourth month in the Tamil Calendar and Pooram is one of the 27 nakshatrams or stars. In 2017, the date of Aadi Pooram is July 26.
The festival is a major event at the Srirangam SriRanganathTemple as it is believed that Andal through her unwavering devotion became the wife of Sri Ranganath (Lord Vishnu). Another major event is the car festival of Sri Andal Temple at Srivilliputtur in Virudhunagar District.
Legend has it that a Vaishnava saint named Periyalwar of Srivilliputtur had no children. He prayed to Sri Ranganatha and Goddess Lakshmi for a child. Pleased with this ardent devotee, Goddess Lakshmi appeared as a child on a field in which Periyalwar was ploughing. Periyalwar gladly accepted this divine gift and this happened on a pooram day in the Aadi month.
Periyalwar continued with his devotion and us…

Sayings of Dada J.P. Vaswani

Man's destiny is to be a divine bird, - to grow wings and fly from this world of darkness to the radiant world of light.
Know Thyself, - said Socrates. But no one Knows himself until he is opposed. Knowledge comes through conflict.
What is death? A gate to another life. To understand this is to be fearless.