Legend has it that Periaalwar discovered a beautiful infant girl in in a lush grove. A delighted Periyaalwaar, brought up this infant, as his own daughter, naming her Kodai. A devout poet himself, Periaalwaar, brought up his foster daughter in his own footsteps.
Ayyappa Makara Sankranthi
The miracle of the manifestation of ‘Jyothi’ on the Makara Sankranthi Day every year from the Kantha Malai peaks at Sabari Malai is attributed to the appearance of Swami Ayyappan to bless His devotees.
To ward off all sins, Brahmotsavam is celebrated. Lord Brahma Himself is believed to have celebrated the first Brahmotsavam to please Vishnu and according to legend this was the beginning of the Brahmotsavam.
Deepavali (Diwali) meaning a ‘festival of lights’ is celebrated in different ways in Hindu households.The word “Diwali” is the colloquial version of the Sanskrit word “Deepavali” – Deepa meaning light and Avali, meaning a row.
Ramanavami is celebrated on the 9th day in the bright half of Chaitra and represents the birth anniversary of Sri Rama. This festival is usually celebrated the over a 9 day period. Traditionally, Naama Ramayanam will be chanted followed by Hanuman Chaleesa.
Sarada Navaratri is one of the most popular Hindu festivals spanning a period of nine nights. The Goddess in the form of the Universal Mother is commonly worshiped during the nine nights and ten days and hence it is also known as Devi Navaratri.
Lord Ganesha, affectionately called Ganapati is commonly depicted in homes and offices throughout India as chubby, smiling and a little mischievous. His devotees ascribe to Ganesh the ability to bestow wisdom and wealth upon us humans.
Sivarathri means Siva’s Night. It is one of the most important fasts observed by saivites. Maha Sivarathri falls on to the fourteenth day after full moon in the month of Masi (Maghah) February – March.