Vaikasi Visakam 2022: Date, Time, History, Significance, Rituals and the Benefits
Vaikasi Visakam is celebrated on the occasion of the birthday of Lord Muruga according to the calendar of Tamils. Primarily celebrated in the month of Vaikasi, the date between May and June on basis of the Gregorian calendar. On this day Nakshatra Vishaka is coincident with the full moon or otherwise called Purnima.
Vaikasi Visakam 2022 date and time
Vaikasi Visakam in Sunday, 12 June 2022
Visakam Nakshathram will initiate at 2:05 AM on June 12, 2022
Visakam Nakshathram will end at 11:58 PM on June 12, 2022
Lord Shiva second son Lord Muruga was born with Lord Shiva third eye in the form of sparkles of fire. As that fire sparkled there was so much to bear that even gods couldn’t bear it and it was forced into the river so it could cool down. The river it was dunked in is referred to as “Saravana Poigai”, which led to the scattering of the spark into six parts. Each spark transformed into a child who was further raised by celestials who are known referred to as “karthigai Pengal”. They were then all unified by Goddess Parvati and then converted into one single male and the result is Lord Muruga who is said to have twelve hands and consist of six faces.
Beautiful, charming, and divine were the traits that were possessed by Lord Muruga. Lord Muruga is described as a god who imparts wisdom and is very intellectual in “Skanda Purana” and he even enlightened Lord Shiva of “Pranava Mantra.
Significance of Vaikasi Visakam
Lord Muruga has six different faces which signify different attributes.
The first Face there is an emission of rays of glory and remove the darkness that is on the world.
The Second Face showers grace in the form of blessings on its devotees.
The third Face is what maintains tradition and watch over Brahmins and priests rituals and main motive to protect Sanathana Dharma
The fourth Face is the knowledge and wisdom
The fifth Face: is the amulet whose purpose is to protect from all the negative energies
The sixth Face is the portrayal of love and kind behavior towards the devotees
Lord Muruga was born to put an end to evil Asuras that are Soorapadman, Singamuhan, and Tarakan. The Asuras through their prayers and sacrifices were almost invincible. Only a force that may be as powerful or mighty as Lord Shiva could conquer them. Lord Muruga is mighty as he comprises the power combination of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. Lord Muruga wields a special weapon and also receives “Vel” who was given to him by his mother and conquers evil and protects life.
On this occasion, various temples have Poojas and rituals. They also offer “Prasadams’ ‘ to the devotees. In Hamas, which is a sacred ritual comprising a fire to invoke and meditate to please God, Kukuta is performed by priests. Devotees have milk pots with them called “Pal Kudam” which is used in Abhishekam. Gathering of devotees in the temples is done from early morning for a special “Pooja” and rituals.
At home, people would fast and avoid all kinds of food except milk and fruits. There is chanting of mantras and “Prasadams” is offered. There is a decoration done through flowers and lighting. Various offerings are offered as tributes to the god.
Benefits of Vaikasi Visakam celebration:
- Lord Muruga showers blessings on the devotees
- Removes problems and chaos surrounding family
- Unity is maintained among the couple and maintains peace
- As an amulet, protect devotees from negative energies
- Blessing of offsprings for couples
- Maintains happiness in lives
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