Thaipusam, Thai-pusam: 2 definitions



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Source: South Indian Festivities

Tai Pusam.—The Hindu festival, which goes by the name “Tai Pusam”, is observed on the day over which the asterism Pushya (cancri) presides, in the Tamil month of Tai corresponding to the English months January–February. The day generally falls on the full-moon day of the month. The planet Brihaspati or Guru (Jupiter) is said to be the presiding deity of the asterism ‘Pushya’ and consequently worship offered to the asterism Pushya is considered to havespecial merit, since Brihaspati symbolises wisdom and the Hindus consider him to be the preceptor of the Gods, and one of the most important of the seven planets if not the important planet. A bath in a secred river on this day is considered to be very meritorious and people of all sorts, both men and women, young and old, flock to the nearest one for the purpose.

The place called Tiruvidaimarudur in the Tanjore District is one of the important places where this festival is celebrated.

Source: Wikipedia: India History

Thaipusam or Thaipoosam is a festival celebrated by the Tamil community on the full moon in the Tamil month of Thai (January/February). The festival commemorates the occasion when Parvati gave Murugan a Vel "spear" so he could vanquish the evil demon Soorapadman (Śūrapadmā). The word Thaipusam is a combination of the name of the month, Thai, and the name of a star, Pusam. This particular star is at its highest point during the festival.

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The history of India traces the identification of countries, villages, towns and other regions of India, as well as royal dynasties, rulers, tribes, local festivities and traditions and regional languages. Ancient India enjoyed religious freedom and encourages the path of Dharma, a concept common to Buddhism, Hinduism, and Jainism.

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