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How to observe or what to do on Vaikasi Visakam?

Vaikasi Visakam, also known as Vaigasi Visagam or Vaikaci Visagam, is the day when Lord Muruga is believed to have appeared on earth to annihilate the demons and restore order and alleviate the sufferings of human beings. Lord Muruga is believed to have incarnated on the Visakam Nakshatra on Vaikasi Pournami. Here is a brief guide on what to do on Vaikasi Visakam day.

How to observe Vaikasi Visakam?
Vaikasi Visakam is a ten-day festival in Lord Muruga Temples and special pujas and homas are performed during the period. A car festival, or pulling of chariots, is organized on the day.

In homes, Vaikasi Visakam is observed by performing special pujas to Lord Muruga.

Idols, portraits, paintings of Lord Muruga are thoroughly cleaned and decorated.

Usual puja procedures are followed. Sarkarai Pongal, a special neviedya, or prasad, is prepared on the day. People also visit a nearby Muruga Shrine and do pujas and offer prayers.

Prayers that are chanted on the day include Kanda Sashti Kavacham, Subrahmanya Bhujangam and Shanmukha Kavacham.

Some people opt for an elaborate Sahasranama Archana and conduct special pujas by inviting a priest.