Thaipooyam Festival is one of the most important festivals dedicated to Lord Muruga (also known as Kartik or Subrahmanya or Skanda). Thaipooyam Festival 2016 is January 24, Sunday. It is believed that Goddess Parvati presented the ‘vel’ (lance) to Lord Murga on the Thai Pusam day to defeat the demons. Like most Hindu festivals, Thaipooyam too celebrates the victory of good over evil.
Thaipooyam is observed when the Pusam or Puyam Nakshatram falls in the Tamil month of Thai (Januray – February). The corresponding month in Kerala is Makaram.
The festival is mainly celebrated by the Hindu Tamil speaking Hindu community in
India (especially in Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Karnataka, and Andhra Pradesh), Malaysia, Singapore, South Africa, and in many other parts of the world were the Tamilians have settled. Sri Lanka
The most important event on the day is that of devotees carrying various types of Kavadi and milk pots to the Murgan temples. The most important Kavadi pilgrimage takes place at the Batu caves in
Lord Muruga, the son of Lord Shiva, is also known as Shanmugha, Subrahamanya, Kartikeya and Skanda. In Hindu mythology, he is the general of the army of the Devas.
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