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  • Aadi Krithigai is an important festival celebrated in the Tamil month of Adi or Aadi. In 2017, the date of Aadi Krithigai is August 15. The festival is dedicated to Lord Muruga or Subrahamaniya. Incidentally, the festival is also referred as Aadi Krittika, Kirthigai, Kritika and Krithika. The festival is celebrated with fervor in the Murugan Temples in Tamil Nadu. Adi Krithigai in some regions is celebrated to symbolise the victory of good over evil, when Murugan slew the demon Surapadma. After the annihilation of the demon, Muruga blessed devotees with boons. According to Hindu scriptures, Lord Muruga was born as six different babies. And he was looked after by the six Krittika stars. Later, Lord Muruga was combined as a single baby with six heads by Goddess Parvati. There are many variations to this legend.
  • Aadi Masam, or Adi, is the fourth month in Tamil Calendar and is termed inauspicious by many as the Dakshinayana Punyakalam begins in the month. In 2017, the Aadi Masam begins on July 17 and ends on August 16. But several Tamil Hindu rituals and festivals are held in the month of Aadi and therefore it is also auspicious to some people. Here are the important festivals and auspicious days in Aadi Masam in 2017. Aadi Pirappu - Aadi Pandigai - The first day of Aadi is observed as Aadi Pirappu. It means beginning of the month. The day begins with the making of huge kolams (Rangoli designs) in front of the home. The kolam is drawn on all days of the month. The kolams are bordered with red color – Kaavi. Doorways are decorated with mango leaves. The day begins with pujas and visit to temple. There will be a feast on the day with special delicacies include payasam, vadai, boli etc. On the first day of Aadi, married women change the yellow thread in their Mangalsutra or thali.
  • Sudharshana Jayanti is dedicated to the Sudarshana Chakra of Hindu God Vishnu. It is believed that the holy Chakra made its appearance on the day. Sudharshana Jayanthi 2017 date is July 3. It is said that worshipping Sudharshana Chakra is equivalent to worshipping all the ten Avatars of Vishnu. The day is of great significance to many Vaishnava Sects in South India. It is observed on Shukla Paksha Ashada Dasami. There is a belief that puja and worship of the Sudarshana Chakra helps in curing various illness. It is also worshiped for attaining moksha and for redemption of sins. Sundarshana Yantra is worshipped on the day. Other special pujas and prayers dedicated to the Chakra are observed on the day at homes and in temples.