“Thaipoosam” is a Hindu festival celebrated mostly by the Tamil community on the full moon in the Tamil month of Thai (January/February). The word Thaipusam is a combination of the name of the month, Thai, and the name of a star, Pusam. This particular star is at its highest point during the festival.
Every year Thai poosam festival is celebrated in Meenakshi Sundareswarar temple for ten days, last day being the Poosam and will be attended by many people from other places. The outsiders and many from the village pool money by way of Sangalpam to run this festival and also to take care of food for the entire village during these ten days.
The entire village kitchen is closed for these ten days and right from morning 5.30 am coffee to night dinner, neat arrangements are made in the Community hall.
Morning and evenings the ladies show their Kolam caliber. ( see annexure)
Apart from the Lord’s daily Ula to all houses in the morning and night, we can also enjoy evening entertainment by way of Nama sangeerthanam, Katha kalatchebam, Katcheris. Later by 8.30 pm we have wonderful lectures by Tamil scholars. (see annexure) One should be present to feel this.
The Thai Poosam has the following as its time table. Keeping Thai Poosam as Paththaam Thirnaal, it works back as given below:
Sample: RAVANASAMUDRAN SRI MEENAKSHIAMMAN SAMEDHA SRI SUNDARESWARAR TEMPLE
TIME TABLE FOR 2014 VIJAYA VARUSHA THAI POOSA THIRUVIZHA.
|PROGRAMME||PROGRAMME DETAILS||ENGLISH CALENDER||TAMIL CALENDER (MARGAZHI THAI)||DAY||STAR||TIME||LAGNA|
|Thirunal Day-1||Kodi Yetram (Flag Hoisting)||08-01-2014||24||Wednesday||Revathi|
|Thirunal Day-6||Therkaal Naattu||13-01-2014||29||Monday||Rohini|
|Thirunal Day-7||Lord Nataraja Renoval from Padhividam||14-01-2014||01||Tuesday||Mirugashrisham|
|Thirunal Day-8||Ther Kadaksham||15-01-2014||02||Wednesday||Thiruvadhirai|
|Thirunal Day-9||Radha Rahanan & Urchavam||16-01-2014||03||Thurs day||Punarpoosam|
|Thirunal Day-10||Theerthavaari & Mangala snanam||17-01-2014||04||Friday||Poosam|
As per this 1st day of thirunaal is called Kodi Yetral (Temple flag hoisting). The previous day called zeroth day is known as Angurarpanam.
The following pictures ( most of them by Sri.R.M.Hariharan & R.R.Sankarasubramanian ) are sequenced day wise:
Swami Ula at night