The social relevance of Aadi Masam

Outside an Amman temple, nearly five bricks coated with sandhanam (sandalwood paste) and kungumam are placed together, so you that you light a fire in-between them to prepare koozhu (rice-porridge). This is a common sight in almost all the temples in Chennai during the Tamil month of Aadi (July 16-August 17).

City Express takes a tour to find out more about the significance of Aadi. There are a number of auspicious days for goddess Amman in this month. To name just a few — Aadi Pirappu, Aadi Ammavaasai, Aadi Karthigai, Aadi Pooram, Aadi Peruku, Aadi Velli and Varalakshmi Nombu.

Despite such a line-up, families avoid occasions like marriage, house shifting and taking important business decisions. Why? “Aadi is a month that is dedicated to the goddess. We, as devotees, worship her fervently during this month,” said Usha Rani, who undertakes rituals and other religious activities. Tuesday, Friday and Sunday are considered to be the auspicious days in Aadi...................Read more


Source: The New Indian Express

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