Please click here to view the Aadi Karthigai Festival at Sri Raja Rajeswari Amman Temple ,UK 31-07-2013
How Aadi Karthigai festival came into belief and existence
According to Skanda Purana, Lord Muruga took birth from third eye of Lord Shiva as six flames. Agni and Vayu deva carried the six Flames of Lord Muruga to the Saravana Poigai. Kaarthigai Pengal took care of the six babies from Lotus flowers in Saravana poigai.When Lord Muruga attained boyhood, Goddess Parvati took six babies from Kaarthigai Pengal and made them to single boy with six faces. Hence Lord Muruga is also called Lord Shanmuga. Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvathi granted Kaarthigai pengal boon that special poojas for Lord Muruga will be held in every Krithiga nakshatra.
The Krithigai star or Nakshatram is considered highly auspicious to worship Muruga. And Aadi Krithigai is more important because Aadi is the first month in the Dakshinayana punyakalam – when the sun god changes his direction from north to south.