Aadi Pooram (Andal Jayanthi)

Aadi Pooram is a festival celebrated in Tamil Nadu and is dedicated to Goddess Andal, who is considered as an incarnation of Goddess Lakshmi and the consort of Lord Vishnu. Goddess Andal is one of the twelve Alwars, who attained the status of Goddess after getting united with Lord Vishnu. 

One of the prominent events in Aadi Pooram is the Thirukalyanam, which is the wedding between Goddess Andal and Sri Ranganathaswamy who is Lord Vishnu. 

On the morning of the Andal Jayanthi women wake up early and take a ritual bath and then decorate their houses with beautiful kolams (a form of drawing made from rice flour). It is believed that reading Thiruppavai’ and ‘Lalitha Sahasranamam’ on the day gives them blessing of Goddess Andal and Lord Vishnu.

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