Thai Pusam is a famous festival celebrated with enthusiasm by the Tamil community on full moon night. The day falls in the Tamil month of ‘Thai’ corresponding to January of the Georgian calendar.
Besides India, the festival is also celebrated with passion and devotion in Sri Lanka, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand and Myanmar.
Thai Pusam is a combination of two words-Thai and Pusam. Thai is a Tamil month and Pusam is a heavenly star. Pusam is at its highest point in the sky during the festival of Thaipusam.
“According to mythological stories, the festival commemorates the occasion when Parvati gave Murugan a Vel “spear” so he could vanquish the evil demon Soorapadman. There is a misconception among people that Thaipusam marks Murugan’s birthday; however, it is believed that Vaikhasi Vishakam, which falls in the Vaikhasi month, is Murugan’s birthday
Skanda (or Murugan) was created during one of the battles between the Asuras and the Devas. At one point, the latter were defeated several times by the former. The Devas were unable to resist the onslaught of the Asura forces. In despair, they approached Shiva and entreated to give them an able leader under whose heroic leadership they might obtain victory over the Asuras. They surrendered themselves completely and prayed to Shiva. Shiva granted their request by creating the mighty warrior, Skanda, out of his own power or Achintya Shakti. He at once assumed leadership of the celestial forces, inspired them and defeated the Asura forces and to recognize that day the people created the festival.”
The occasion provides opportunity to celebrate the epic story and display love and devotion to the gods and goddesses.
Oneworldnews extends warm greeting for the devotional festival of Thaipusam.