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FRIDAY FESTIVALS

Friday is an auspicious day for Hindus. They take the trouble to clean and wash the house. Individuals wake up early, bathe and visit the temple. Cooking utensils are washed and cleaned for cooking...


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THAI POOSAM

On Thai Poosam, goddess Durga presented Lord Shanmuga with the Vel which he used in the battle with demon Surapathman. In Mavai, on this auspicious day, Lord Skantha is placed on a chariot and...


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THIRUVEMPAVAI

During December, festival songs are sung early in the morning and on the final day a special puja is carried out for Shiva. The temple in Mavai performed Thiruvembavai festivities.


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TIRUKARTHIGAI

It is a special day for Lord Skantha. On this day, goddess Parvathi hugged her six beautiful boys and by mystical powers they became the six headed Lord Shanmuga. On this day, devotees of...


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KANTHASHASHTI

Kanthapuranam reveals that the Devas were harassed by the demon Surapathman. Unable to bear the torment, they appealed to lord Shiva. He sent forth his energy in the form of six rays through his...


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NAVARATHRI

Navarathri is a 9 day puja celebrated for the deities Durga, Lakshmi and Saraswathi. The 10th day is known as Vijayathasamy. On this day all auspicious deeds are carried out. Children are taken to...


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THANDAYUTHAPANII FESTIVAL

On the 26th day of the annual festival, the Thandayuthapani festival takes place. It involves Narada bringing a special mango and giving it to Lord Shiva. Both Ganesh and Skantha compete for the mango....


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ADI AMAVASAI THEERTHAM

On the 25th day of the annual festival the water cutting festival takes place. Lord Skantha from Mavai temple together with other deities are taken to the sea shore for the water cutting ceremony....


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PANCHARATHOTSAVAM

On the 24th day of the annual festival, Lord Skantha, Valli & Thevesaena clad in beautiful regalia ascend the cart to be taken round the temple. Other deities too are taken aboard other chariots...


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VEDDAI THIRUVIZHA

The 22nd day of the annual festival is the Vettai Thiruvila. Here the hunting scenario is depicted. Local artisans clad in hunters gear and other traditional outfits perform traditional folk dance. Traditional musical instruments...


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