Aadi Krithigai - This festival is celebrated to honour these stories and the relationship between mother and child. Worshiping Lord Murugan's powers at Aadi Krithigai is believed to bring prosperity in many aspects of life and this year falls on August 9, 2023.

So how did the belief and existence of the Aadi Krithigai festival come about?

According to some beliefs, Muruga first appeared on earth on the day of Aadi Krithigai. In some regions it is celebrated as symbolizing the victory of good over evil when Murugan killed the demon Surapadman.

After defeating the demon, Muruga blessed his followers. According to Hindu scriptures, Lord Muruga was born with six different babies. And he was taken care of by the six stars of Krittika. Lord Muruga was then born as a single baby with six heads by Goddess Parvati on the day of Aadi Krithigai.

The night sky was lit by six stars - Krittikas, the Pleiades - as they traced their path across the heavens. Little did they know that the calming gurgles of a happy baby echoing from the Saravana lake in the Himalayas would soon captivate their hearts.

Drawn by the sound of its joy, the six maidens rushed to the marshy lake, each wanting to pick up the charming infant and shower it with love and care. According to legend, their maternal affection was so strong that Lord Muruga himself transformed into six individual forms in order to fulfill their wish. With each Krittika cradling a baby in their arms, the night sky was illuminated by the love of these starry maidens.

The six babies represent synergy of:
Benefits of worshipping lord Murugan on the day of Aadi Krithigai:
May Lord Muruga bestow blessings on all of us and our country.

Source: Hindu Blog, AstroVed, Om Spiritual Shop