Thai Pusam

February

Chennai (Madras), Tamil Nadu

Thai Pusam is celebrated in the Tamil month Thai. According to legend, an immortal demon Sorapadman started torturing innocent people and created havoc. He had a boon from Lord Shiva that no one other than Shiva himself could vanquish him. In order to destroy the demon, Lord Shiva created Muruga, with his remarkable third eye. Along with Goddess Parvati’s power, Lord Muruga destroyed Sorapadman.


Thai Pusam is celebrated in the Tamil month Thai. According to legend, an immortal demon Sorapadman started torturing innocent people and created havoc. He had a boon from Lord Shiva that no one other than Shiva himself could vanquish him. In order to destroy the demon, Lord Shiva created Muruga, with his remarkable third eye. Along with Goddess Parvati’s power, Lord Muruga destroyed Sorapadman.

Even today, this festival is celebrated pompously in Chennai – Lord Muruga is taken in a breathtaking procession while people dance to the tunes of the Kavadi with vels (sharp objects) inserted in their tongues. Hymns are sung and short plays depict the glorious episode.

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