Aadi Krithigai (ஆடி கிருத்திகை), also known as Aadi Karthigai or Aadi Krithika, is a significant festival celebrated in the South Indian state of Tamil Nadu and parts of Sri Lanka. It falls on the Krithigai nakshatram (lunar asterism) in the Tamil month of Aadi (July-August) and is considered auspicious for worshipping deities like Lord Muruga (also known as Kartikeya, Skanda, or Subramanya) and Goddess Kamakshi.
During Aadi Krithigai, devotees visit temples dedicated to Lord Muruga, especially the Arupadai Veedu temples, which are six important abodes of Lord Muruga in Tamil Nadu. The festival is marked with various rituals, ceremonies, processions, and special prayers to seek the blessings of Lord Muruga.
Devotees often carry ‘kavadis,’ which are elaborate and decorative wooden or metal structures, on their shoulders as an act of penance and devotion. These kavadis are offered to Lord Muruga as a way of showing their gratitude and seeking his blessings.
Aadi Krithigai is a time of spiritual significance and is believed to be an occasion for people to seek protection, prosperity, and well-being from Lord Muruga. The festival also has cultural significance, with various folk performances, dances, and music being an integral part of the celebrations.
Overall, Aadi Krithigai is a vibrant and joyous festival that holds deep religious and cultural significance for the people of Tamil Nadu and those who follow the Tamil tradition in other parts of the world.
When is Aadi Krithigai (ஆடி கிருத்திகை) in 2023?
9 August 2023 – Wednesday
What is the Start Date and End Date of Tamil Aadi Karthigai 2023?
Krithigai Natchathiram Begins – 07:33 AM on August 9, 2023
Krithigai Natchathiram Ends – 07:44 AM on August 10, 2023
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Aadi Month 2023 Tamil Calendar
July to August is considered as Aadi month in tamil calendar. Here is the monthly calendar of July 2023 & August 2023. If you want to see the daily calendar check out here – July 2022 Daily Calendar & August 2023 Daily Calendar