Significance of Aadi Pooram?
According to legends, Periyalwar one among the Alwar saints was living in Srivillipthur. Being childless, he prayed to Lord Vishnu to solve his misery. One day, while he was walking through a temple, he found a girl child in the garden of the temple. He decided to adopt the girl and named her as ‘Kodhai’. The child was brought up according to Vaishnava tradition of worshipping Lord Vishnu. Over a period of time, Kodhai’s devotion towards Lord Ranganathan (Lord Vishnu) grew incredibly. She began to wear the garland even before it was offered to the Lord. One day, when Periyalawar was searching for the garland, he noticed that Kodhai was wearing the garland meant for the Lord. Shocked to the core, he immediately, objected her behavior.
Aadi Pooram
On the same night, when Periyalwar was asleep, Lord Vishnu appeared in his dream and said he wished to wear the garland only after worn by Andal. The Lord also advised him to take her to Ranganathar Temple in the place named Srirangam. Though taken by surprise, Periyalwar’s joy knew no bounds. Andal told her father that she would marry only Lord Ranganathar and no one else. It is believed that when Andal entered the sanctum sanctorum, she merged with Lord Ranganathar (Lord Vishnu).
Aadi month is also dedicated to Goddess Shakti as the energy of the goddess is very strong and vibrant during this month. It is believed that Goddess Parvati herself descends to the earth on this auspicious day to bless her devotees. It is also believed that goddess Parvati attained her womanhood on this day and rituals are conducted celebrating this auspicious event in all the Shakti temples as Goddess Parvati is none other than Goddess Shakti.
There is another belief that the day of Aadi Pooram is observed as the festival of ‘Valaikappu’ (bangle ceremony) for goddess Parvati, the universal mother. According to the legend, in Trichy city of Tamilnadu there was a festival celebrating Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. After the festival, the crowd started to disperse. In the crowd there was a pregnant woman who took rest to soothe her painful body. She was suddenly seized with labor pain. There were no one around for help and as she was screaming for help, she eventually started to faint out of tiredness. Goddess Parvati who saw her, came to her rescue. She came in disguise of a midwife and helped the woman deliver the child. The woman recognized the midwife to be the Goddess herself and made a vow to celebrate that day every year as valaikappu day (Bangle ceremony) for Goddess Parvati.