There was a battle between Brahma and Vishnu over supremacy of each one`s powers. To teach them a lesson that all powers rest with the eternal Brahman, embodied as Shiva, Shiva took the form of Jyothi or light. He asked both Brahma and Vishnu to find out the beginning and the end of this light form of Shiva. He said the successful one would be the greatest.
Accordingly Aadi 18/ Aadi Perukku are a festival observed on the 18th day in Tamil month Aadi. It is also known as Pathinettam perukku or Aadi perukku in Tamil. This year 2017, it falls on August 3rd. Aadi perukku is a unique South Indian festival that marks the beginning of Tamil festivals in Tamilnadu. It is observed on the 18th day of Tamil month Aadi.
The celebrations begin with the flag hoisting on the Uttradam day and the festivity continues for nine days. The popular Bharani Deepam in five agantams is lit in Arunachaleswarar’s Sannithi in early morning hours of the tenth day. Devotees move to the Annamali Hills to worship the Bharani Deepam on the final day of the festival. It is believed that the flame of the lamp does not sputter on this day and divulge into the form of Lord Muruga, reaching up to the sky.
Among all the Hindu gods or goddesses, the Shakti goddesses are the most colorful, both literally and figuratively. They are in very diverse forms and nature. They are supposed to be the oldest and the most powerful. They are the most ubiquitous gods or goddesses and are worshiped in all villages. Even in Hindu mythology we find mention of Shakti everywhere.
The idea behind this festival is to keep away bad things from life and welcome the good and holy things of life that’s why it is called the festival of lamps. We use to light oil lamps all over the house in the evening and crackers, fires are burnt. Rows of Agal vilakkus (Clay Oil lamps) are lit in every house. Karthigai is essentially a festival of lamps. The lighted lamp is considered an auspicious symbol
Karthigai Deepam is also called the festival of lights and believed to be extension of Diwali Festival as many families practice the trend of doubling the number of lamps every day from the day of Diwali till the festival day of Karthigai Deepam and thus the large number of blazing lamps offers a captivating manifestation during the night.
Lord Shiva was very depressed after Parvati's death and secluded him in deep meditation. During this time, six babies including Lord Muruga, Kartik and Subrahmaniya were born as children of Lord Shiva. Parvati became Sati so Krittika stars looked after the six babies. Later on the force of Sati joined the six babies
Karthigai Deepam happens to be an important and auspicious occasion in Tamil calendar. Most Tamils respect this occasion when Lord Muruga was born. The household matters are taken care of and lamps are lit almost every part of the house to bring peace and prosperity. The woman worship to bring happiness in the lives of their children and ward off all the troubles in life.
Dhakshinamurthy is an aspect of the Hindu god Shiva as a guru (teacher) of all types of knowledge. This aspect of Shiva is his personification as the supreme or the ultimate awareness, understanding and knowledge. This form represents Shiva as a teacher of yoga, music, and wisdom, and giving exposition on the shastras. He is worshiped as the god of wisdom, complete and rewarding meditation.
A positive Rahu can help in civil services, politics, and engineering, to name a few. A negative Rahu creates illusions in the mind, which may make a person give excuses for everything that they may be asked to do. However, Rahu also intensifies energy, so if one works hard, then it will give even more energy to keep one going.
In an oil lamp we find yellow and red color components which represent divine consciousness and radiant energy respectively. In a ghee lamp, we find an additional component of blue color which is symbolic of spiritual emotion and helps attract more amount of spiritual vibrations from the atmosphere.
Goddess Durga represents the power of Supreme Being that pervades moral order and righteousness. In the creation; the Sanskrit word Durga means a fort or a place that is protected and thus difficult to reach. Goddess Durga is called Divine Mother, protects mankind from Evil and Misery by destroying evil forces such as ‘selfishness, jealousy, prejudice, hatred, anger and ego.
On the day of Diwali, it is a custom to worship Goddess Lakshmi and Lord Ganesha together. It is well-known that Goddess Lakshmi is the Goddess of wealth, fortune, luxury and prosperity while Lord Ganesha is revered as remover of obstacles, the patron of arts and sciences and the ‘Deva’ of intellect and wisdom.
As per Hindu Dharma, Mangalsutra is an ornament of a woman denoting her marital status. Each person makes a Mangalsutra for the bride as per his capacity. If it is not possible to make a Mangalsutra with a cord of gold or silver, they make it by stringing black beads in a thread. In the center of the Mangalsutra there are two cups. The cups should be round and there should be no design on its front. This structure is associated with the Energy of Knowledge.
Lord Shani loves taking bath in mustard oil. Offer mustard oil to the deity and get the blessings from him. Saturday is considered to be his day, hence you can make a regular practice of visiting him every week. Chant the given mantra while offering him the mustard oil.