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 SIGNIFICANCE OF THAI POOSAM

 

OM SARAVANABHAVA NAMAHA

SA – CONFERS SHAKTI, RA – GIVES  KNOWLEDGE, VA – BESTOWS HAPPINESS,

NA – PROTECTS FROM ALL EVIL FORCES, BHA – CONFERS MORALITY, VA – CONFERS BLISS

 

 

PROSTRATIONS  to Sri Subrahmanya, The Supreme Almighty – The Presiding Deity of our temple, the ruler of this universe,  indweller of our hearts,  the second son of Lord Shiva,  beloved of Sri Valli and Sri Devasena, bestows boons easily on His devotees,  an embodiment of power, wisdom, love and bliss. In Sanskrit `su’ means good natured or beautiful. `Brahmanya’ means one who has realized Brahman.

 

"Thai Poosam" falls every year around the full moon day in the Tamil month "Thai" (January / February). On this day the full moon is in transit through the bright star "Poosam "in the zodiac sign cancer. The special significance is that the star Pushya (Poosam) is considered to be the most auspicious star for spiritual development.  Pushya means "nurture" and is in the sign Cancer owned by the Moon, the Mother. The Deity associated with Pushya is also Brihaspati, the Guru or teacher and has the property of inspiring spiritual growth.

 

It is thus a special day for worship of Sri Subrahmanyaswamy and is celebrated in a very grand manner at all Subrahmanyaswamy temples.

 

Soorapadman, Simhamukhasuran, and Tarakhasuran are asuras born to Sage Kashyapa and an asura princess, Maya, who illusively enchanted Rishi Kashyapa into marrying her. The three brothers were said to have received a boon from Lord Shiva that protected them from death in the hands of  beings apart from a one manifested from Lord Shiva Himself. This, they believed would grant them immortality. As such, they began tormenting all the good souls and rishis.

 

On representation from Devas about the atrocities of the Asura brothers, Lord Shiva with His Yogic vision felt the necessity of the birth of Lord Subrahmanya. According to Skanda Purana, Lord Shiva took a form with six faces (i.e., Sathyojatham, Vamadevam, Thathpurusham, Eesanam, Aghoram and Atho) and created Lord Subrahmanya from the flames emanating from each of the Third Eye on the forehead (symbolizing the eye of wisdom) as six flames, thus creating a new Deity. Sri Shivakumara (Lord Muruga) was assigned the task of destroying the Asuras and save Rishis  and Devas by  Sri Maheswara and Goddess  Parvathi.    Sri Subrahmanyaswamy (Devasenadhipathi) set off with the blessings of the Divine Couple, Uma - Maheswara to destroy Soorapadman and his brothers. He took with him twelve weapons, eleven of which were given by Lord Shiva and  Shakti Vel, (Divine Spear) presented by Goddess Parvathi for destruction of evil demons. The Shakthivel vanquished Tharakasuran on the Poosam Nakshatra day in the Tamil month of Thai and hence Thai Poosam has a special significance in the worship Sri Subrahmanya and is celebrated in all Subrahmanyaswamy temples with religious fervour.

 

 

 

The eminent spear in the hand of Sri Subrahmanya has a lot of significance in the path of bestowing grace. The Vel is also called Jyoti (Light).  The Shakthi Vel is the spear of wisdom, penetrating the intellect, seeking ultimate reality. A deadly foe to the arrogant and the lower natured, it affords strength and protection to the awakened soul.

 

Sri Valli, Sri Devasena and the Shakthi Vel signify respectively, Ichcha Shakthi, Kriya Shakthi and Jnana Sakhti, namely Desire, Action, and Knowledge. The fact that desire and action forces are kept on either side of Him and that Jnana Shakti or the knowledge alone is kept with Him point out that Knowledge is the most important of them all and that it never gets separated from Him.

 

The Peacock representing His Vahana (vehicle) symbolizes His conquest of ego, vanity and pride. The Seval (Rooster) symbolizes the approach or the dawn of knowledge. It is the Seval that proclaims the coming of the Sun in the east. The Sun is the heavenly body that dispels darkness. The Seval on the banner announces the approach of knowledge which will destroy all ignorance.  

 

By fasting, going to temple and praying, the devotees become spiritually charged and uplifted to carry their Kavadi.


Significance of Kavadi : Sage Agasthya  wanted to take two hills – Sivagiri and  Sakthigiri – to his abode in the South and commissioned his disciple Idumban, who was an ardent devotee of Lord Subrahmanya, to carry them from Mount Kailash  range.

 Idumban bore the two hills slung across his shoulders in the form of Kavadi , one on each side. When he reached Palani and felt fatigued, he placed the Kavadi down to take rest. When he resumed his journey, he found that he could not lift the Kavadi of both hills, as Lord Subrahmanya, had made it impossible for him to carry it. Upon the hilltop Idumban spotted a little boy wearing only kowpeenam  and demanded that he vacate at once so that Idumban could proceed with his task. The boy at his abode in Palani, refused and in the fierce battle that followed Idumban was slain but was later restored to life by Lord Subrahmanya.

Idumban on realizing that the boy was none other than his Ishta Devata  Sri Subrahmanyaswamy, prostrated and prayed to Him that  whosoever carried on his shoulders the Kavadi signifying the two hills should be blessed by Lord Subrahmanya and he (i.e Idumban) should be given the privilege of standing at the entrance to the hill. Hence we have Idumban shrine half- way up the Palani hill where every pilgrim is expected to offer obeisance to Idumban before entering the temple.

Thai Poosam is celebrated with great gaiety and religious fervor with Laksharachana performed for a period of three day (from Friday 22-01-2016 to Sunday 24-01-2016)  culminating on Thai Poosam day with Mahanyasa Poorvaka Ekadasa Rudrabhishekam, concurrently with Kavadiattam every year in Sri Subrahmanyaswamy Temple at Skandagiri located in Padmaraonagar, Secunderabad, an epitome of our cultural heritage. May abundant Divine Grace of Shri Subrahmanyaswamy be bestowed on all the devotees participating in the celebration of Thai Poosam festival

 

 

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OM SRI MAHAGANAPATHAYE NAMAHA

Skandagiri Sri Subramanyaswamy Sanathana Dharma Trust(Regd)

(under the aegis of Sri Kanchi Kamakoti Peetam, Kanchipuram, Tamilnadu)

Sole Trustees of

SRI SUBRAHMANYASWAMY DEVALAYAM

Skandagiri, Kamakotinagar, Secunderabad-500061, Ph:27510011, 27504849

E-Mail:  info@srisubrahmanyaswamydevalayamskandagiri.org

Website:  www.srisubramanyaswamydevalayamskandagiri.org

THAIPOOSAM

LAKSHARCHANA MAHOTSAVAM

From Friday  22-01-2016 to Sunday 24-01-2016

Date/Day

Programme

Time

22-01-2016

Friday

Sri Ganapathi Homam, Sri Subrahmanyaswamy Mahanyasa Poorvaka  Ekadasa Rudrabhishekam, Laksharchana comences

7.00 AM to1.00 PM

5.00 PM to 9.00 Pm

23-01-2016

Saturday

Rudrabhishekam & Laksharchana

Laksharchana continues

7.00 AM to1.00 PM

5.00 PM to 9.00 Pm

24-01-2016

Sunday

Thaipoosam, Mahanyasa Poorvaka Ekadasa Rudrabhishekam with Kavadi and Palkudam offering, Laksharchana Sampoornam, Pushpanjali, Mangala Harathi,

Procession of Deity on Silver Ratham

7.00 AM to1.00 PM

5.00 PM to 9.00 Pm

Maha Ganapathi Homam

Rs.1500

Mahanyasa Poorvaka Ekadasa Rudrabhishekam (Mahanyasam)

Rs.1500

Abhishekam

Rs.400

Kavadi / Palkudam

Rs.150

Sahasranama Archana

Rs.130

Milk offering

Rs.50

Giri Pradakshinam on Silver Ratham

Rs.1800

Silver Ratham Lighting charges

Rs.1250

 

 

 

OM MAHAGANADHIPATHAYE NAMAHA

Skandagiri Sri Subramanyaswamy Sanathana Dharma  Trust (Regd)

SRI SUBRAHMANYASWAMY DEVALAYAM

Skandagiri, Kamakotinagar, Secunderabad-61, Ph:040-27504849, 040-27510011

E-mail  :  info@srisubrahmanyaswamydevalayamskandagiri.org

Website :  www.srisubrahmanyaswamydevalayamskandagiri.org

IMPORTANT TEMPLE FUNCTIONS IN JANUARY-2016

Date-

Day

Programme

Time

01-01-16

To

14-01-2016

Friday

To

Thursday

Dhanurmasa Puja

5-30 A M

02-01-16

&

17-01-16

Saturday

&

Sunday

Ashtami

Abhishekam to Sri Bhairaver

5-30 P M

03-01-16

Sunday

Thirupugazh  by Thirupugazh Ambargal of twin-cities

8-00 AM

05-01-16

Tuesday

Visakham – Abhishekam to

Sri Subrahmanyaswamy

8-30 AM

07-01-16

&

21-01-16

 

Thursday

&

Thursday

Pradosham  - Rudrabhishekam

Lord Ekambareswarar and Kamakshi

4-30 pm

08-01-16

Friday

Rahu/Ketu Peyarchi

Homam and Abhishekam to Navagrahas

7-30 AM

11-01-16

Monday

Uttaradam – H H Sri Sankara Vijayendra Saraswathi Swamigal – Monthly Janma Nakshatra Abhishekam to

 Sri Subrahmanyaswamy

8-30 AM

13-01-16

Thursday

Avittam H H Sri Jayendra  Saraswathi Swamigal – Monthly Janma Nakshatra Abhishekam to

 Sri Subrahmanyaswamy

8-30 AM

15-01-16

Friday

Sukla Shashti -  Abhishekam  and 

                   Sahasranamam to                 

 Sri Subrahmanyaswamy

(Til Sankaranthi)

8-30 AM

19-01-16

Tuesday

Krithikai – Homam &  Abhishekam and Sahasranamam to

 Sri Subrahmanyaswamy

7-30  AM

22-01-16

To

24-01-16

Friday

To

Sunday

Thaipoosam

(Laksharchana)

7-30 AM

27-01-16

Wednesday

Sankatahara Chaturthi – Homam and Abhishekam to

 Sri Sundara Vinayakar

5-30 PM

30-01-16

Saturday

Bahula  Shashti

Abhishekam to Sri Subrahmanyaswamy

8-30 AM