Aadi Maasam or Aadi month is a month that has started on 17th July and ends on 16th August 2022 as per the Tamil calendar. The dates would differ for different states as per their regional calendar. The specialty of this month is that it is celebrated by women by praying to the Goddesses during the monsoon season. The worship is mainly done in the form of Bhagavathy Seva, which is a ritual observed in the evenings throughout the Aadi month in various Devi temples. The ritual is done to get peace, happiness, and prosperity in life.
Aadi Pooram is also a day celebrated on 1st August 2022, Monday this year in all Lord Vishnu and Devi temples located in Tamil Nadu and different parts of the country. On this day, it is believed that Goddess Andal and Sri Ranganathaswamy’s marriage is held, which is also known as Thirukalyanam. It is also believed Pooram is the birth star of Aandal and so Aadi Pooram is celebrated in a grand manner. Many women devotees also offer bangles of green and red color to the Andal Goddess as a mark to celebrate the festival and get their wishes fulfilled.
In Chennai and Madurai, there are several temples dedicated to Amman in India. People usually visit the Devi or Amman temples on Tuesdays, Fridays, and Sundays. If you plan to visit temples in Tamil Nadu, then make sure you cover these temples surely in your tour. Kalikambal temple, Angalaman temple in Royapuram, Vadivudaiamman in Tiruvottiyur, Bhavani Amman temple in Periyapalayam, Angalamman in Putlur, and Kodi Idaiaman temple in Tirumullaivoyal are the temples located in Chennai.
If you are planning to visit Madurai, then don’t miss to check out these famous temples like Meenakshiamman temple, Mariamman temple in Vandiyur, Kaliamman temple in Vettudaiyar, and Mariamman temple in Saayamangalam.
If you have ideas to visit Thanjavur and related areas, then you can take up any tourism package that would help cover all these temples in a single day such as Bangaru Kamatchi and Varahi temple in Thanjavur, Maha Mariamman temple in Punnainallur, Karbaratchambigai temple at Thirukarukkavur and other temples situated in Patteswaram, Kumbakonam, Thirunageswaram and Darasuram.
Aadi Maasam or Aadi month is also a month for sowing and planting of seeds and vegetables because the period is a peak monsoon time. There are rains in abundance because it is believed that people worship Amman and she brings rains for the upliftment of the farmers’ families.
It is also said that worshipping Amman by visiting the above temples if you are in Tamil Nadu or in any Devi temple in any part of India will provide spiritual energy to women and devotees. The third Friday of Aadi month is considered to be very auspicious because it is celebrated as Varalakshmi Nombu and devotees can get prasads from the temples to have a happy, healthy, and peaceful life.
During the month of Aadi, the temples would organize several festivals and occasions that attract huge crowds from the devotees. Many cultural programs are also held singing praises of Devi and different forms of Amman.