RATHA SAPTHAMI - FEB 3RD, Friday
Ratha Sapthami is the day when the sun switches over from the zodiac sign Simha Rasi to Makara Rasi on this " Magha SuddhaSapthami " day. Astronomically, the event marks a change in the trajectory of the sun's path, which affects the planetary movements. The Sun commences its journey towards the northern hemisphere on this day. In the Vedas Lord Vishnu is also described as being seated in the midst of the disc of the Sun; so much so that over time Vishnu worship merged with Sun worship celebrated on a grand scale on this day.
Prahlada Varada Narasimha Swamy ( Lord Vishnu's Avatara) along with his Consorts Sri Devi/ Bhudevi are taken on a procession around the temple. Come and celebrate this auspicious event.
Praying to Surya / Vishnu/ Narashima on this day will give you peace, removes obstacles, helps you to stay steady on the path of righteousness and keeps our mind steadfast on the goals we want to achieve.
Thai Poosam- Feb 9th, Thursday:
Thai Poosam is on Thursday Feb 9th. 'Thai' refers to the Tamil month and 'Poosam' refers the name of the star. Thaipusam commemorates the killing of demon Tharakasuran by Lord Murugan. On this day special puja, abhishekam, yagna, archana and deeparadhanai is held for Lord Muruga.
It is celebrated with great devotion in all Lord Muruga’s Temples. Many devotees fast in this day and take Kavadi, Pal Kuddam and do padayatra (walk) to Lord Muruga’sTemples. Chanting of Lord Muruga hymns and special yagnas take place in temples. Special Abhishekam to Moolavar and Uthsavar with milk, curd, panchamirtham, tender coconut, sandal, paneer, honey, thiruneer, panchakavi, fruit juices and other diraviams amidst the chanting of vedas are seen in all Lord Muruga temples. After alankaaram and maha deeparadhanai, Lord Muruga is taken on a procession around the temple.
We will be celebrating Thai Poosam in our temple on Thursday Feb 9th evening.
6.00 PM Sri Murugan (Kartikeya) Abhishekam
6.45 PM Skandi Shashti Kavacham (Group Recitation)
7.15 PM Kavadi for Kartikeya Swami
7.30 PM Archana followed by Aarti and Prasad
If anyone is interested in participating in the celebrations please contact the Temple.
February 9th Thai Poosam -details to follow
February 10th Lunar Eclipse (5.34 Pm to 8.54pm) Temple will be closed.
Due to eclipse Maha Lakshmi Abhishekam will be on February 18 Saturday 11.00 Am
February 24 - Maha Shivarathri
March 11 - Holi
Temple closed on following Wednesday's January 18, 25, February 1st, 8th and 15th.