This month is special for women. You could literally see women in every other big to little temple completely involved in every other type of devotional activity. Esp. the activities happen in the Kali / Amman temples.
The activities are generally rather too fierce. That would include walking on hot charcoal, walking around the temple carrying a pot of fire, body piercings etc. And in the midst of all these, quite a number of women are seen getting into a trance state and dancing. Every Friday is very auspicious and is called the Aadi Velli.
All the temples are seen decorated to a great extent. Here are some huge hoardings of Figures of Gods lightened up in full glory.
Well, though considered so auspicious, no weddings fall in this month. Now there’s the catch. That’s the speciality of Indian traditions - there is no tradition or festival without any meaning. Tell me, why this month is considered so auspicious and devotional. Coz, when the month is so very devotional, the newlywed couples are kept separated. Even otherwise, with several devotional proceedings on, couples do not sleep together generally, in the whole of this month. With that said, it is understood that pregnancy is avoided.
Now, the question is, why to avoid pregnancy for a whole big month??? That’s because, no child is born in the month of April-May which is the hottest month o’er here with the temperatures soaring up to even 45 degree celicius these days. No infant could bear that temperature. Traditionally, since the earlier periods before the advent of any electric or electronics, without an AC, how could a baby bear that temperature?
Now, does the whole concept of the Aadi Month make sense? Every other festival and celebration and ritual in India has its own hidden meaning behind it. That’s the mysticism of India, isn’t it?