Aadi Month Festivities in Tamil Nadu

The month of Aadi is considered an auspicious month in the Tamizh calendar. So, what’s so special about this month. Aadi month is the Tamizh month that is from mid-July to mid-August. More than telling that it is an auspicious month, I could say it’s a holy month.

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?


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  1. This are the reason why Indian is a land of mysticism and I just love being a part of this country. It just blow you away thinking what our country has to offer (excluding corruption)...

  2. Gud 2 c u know the reason.. but certain things to mention.. the latter part shd have come first..now having said tht.. it changes the perspective totally. In order to avoid a baby being born in Apr/May, pregnancy was to be avoided in Jul/Aug.. n hence marriage.. hence the mood to shop for / start new things.. Hence like every other "custom" they created this goof up an "inauspicious" aadi..n divert them to religious poojas n stuff.. however in due course of time..like in every other custom..ppl forgot wat this is all abt.. n the ever wily ch..t..iars.. created this "aadi discounted sale" n it caught fancy among ppl..n so became wat it is today.. a gala time ti shop.. wow ..kewl "push" mktg strategy.. thts been fooling ppl for generations

  3. A lovely post on a hold Tamil month! One pertinent point, I like to mention is the noise pollution caused in this month. People living around temples have to put up with loud speakers that keep blaring devotional songs non stop and it is a real inconvenience. At least they can reduce the volume to more bearable levels.

  4. @PN Subramanian,
    Thank you!!! :)

    Ha.. :)
    Lets forget those corruption etc for some time!!! :)

    When Valentine's day which is supposed to be in the memory of a saint who died to help weddings to happen, is commercialized to this extent, Aadi is no exception!!! :(

  5. @Phivos,
    Thanks sweety.. :)

    Guess you're dropping in here for the first time. First lemme invite you. Thanks for dropping by and do drop in often!!!
    It is true that the blaring speakers do cause inconvenience. The authorities may not poke their nose into it to avoid any religious conflicts. Hope the people understand!!!

  6. Hi

    good and informative post.

    In kerala aadi(karikkidakam) also a holy month.
    Reading of Ramayana done in temples. It is also
    good for Ayurvedic treatment. This month also
    called "Panjj Masam"



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