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Query from: Mira, Singapore, 07/15/06
Topic: RELIGION      Submitted on: Ask Agent
Subject: what is sumangali pooja

What is Sumangali pooja, held in conjunction with Aadi Velli Pooja?

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Response from: Kishore H.K.,   
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Dear Mira,

There are various stories about Sumangali pooja. I am herewith giving some of the suggestions which I got through elders.

1. Sumangali Prarthana This pooja is done to invoke the blessings of the departed Sumangalis. It is done a few days before the wedding and pooja is done for the Mangalya, which is to be tied around the neck of the bride. Sumangalis are invited

2. In Tamil Nadu this is done in temples in mass. In some temples before Kumbhabhishekham this pooja is performed.

3. Sri Sumangali Pooja was celebrated in honour of Sri Durgai Amman who depicts a gentle countenance with ten arms in each of which she holds a particular weapon. Typically, married women observe Sri Sumangali pooja for their husbands’ good health and longevity. This annual event is celebrated on Vesak Day in this Temple. This is the notes from Sri Kali Amman temple of Singapore.

4. From Tiruvalluur ViswaroopaPanchamukha Anjaneyaswamy temple: Chanting of Devi Saptashati (Devi Mahatmyam or Chandi Path) forms the central core of Chandi yagnam. The 700 verses of Devi Saptashati are found in the Markandeya Purana,which is one of the eighteen puranas.The Chandi Homam starts with MahaGanapathi Homam and Navagraha Homam in the morning, after which Mandapa Pooja is done. This is done to propitiate the parivara devatas. Their presence is invoked all thorough the four sides of the yagashala.In the evening, the 13 chapters of the Devi Mahatmyam are recited along With the offering of oblations in the sacred agni. Every chapters ends with a poornahuti. At the end of the 13th chapter a MahaPoornahuti is performed.Yogini Pooja is performed to propitiate 64 yoginis. Kumari Pooja,Sumangali Pooja,Bramhachari Pooja are also performed.Lord Bhairava is invoked in the Bramhachari Pooja.

5. From Maha Ganapathy Society of Alberta, Canada: Sumangali Pooja Pooja done for married women. Every month ladies go to the temple bringing along items for an archana and a lamp. A pooja for the lady goddess Parvathi is performed asking blessings for her husband.

6. From Sri Anjaneya temple, Pozhichalur, Chennai: Lord Sri Hanuman before He was placed on the temple,had a special pooja done to Him, known as "Suvasini pooja". The pooja was done by 1008 "Sumangali" ladies, which is the hallmark of that Pooja.

Special Note: It is to be noted that all the above descriptions are of the same characterstic. It is for the welfare of their husbands and children. Hence you can do it if you want.

With His blessings,

H.K.Kishore

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Response from: Mrs. Sai Sai,   
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Mira,

Please see this link

http://www.ruthrakali.org.sg/htmlfi…

ADIPANDIGAI

It is believed that the 'Surya Bhagawan' (the Sun God), changes the direction of his chariot from north to south, so this changeover is celebrated as a festival. This falls sometime between July 15th and August 15th, the beginning of the fourth month Aadi of the Tamil calendar. The house is adorned with fresh mango leaves and kolam. Milk extracted from coconuts is considered special in these days.

This festival is celebrated for the birth of the Tamil month of aadi. A lot of festivals are celebrated in the month of aadi. This is the beginning of all the festivals during the festival season. Once aadi festival starts all other festivals follow one by one. During the month of thai and aadi the sun changes directions so it is celebrated in that way.

Aadi festival is special for various ammans. It is celebrated in a special way in temples like mangadu, kamakshi temple etc. All sundays, Tuesdays and Fridays of this month are auspicious.

Every Friday is celebrated as "Aadi Velli". On the first Friday we make kozhukkattai for Lord Ganesha.We make coconut milk payasam on fridays.

The new moon day of this month is celebrated as "Aadi Amavasai" which is to remeber our ancestors who have reached God. That day donations will be made.

The pooram star of this month is celebrated as "aadi pooram" as the birthday of Aandal. It is celebrated in all temples in a grand manner.

The 18th day of this month is celebrated as "Aadi perukku" or "Pathinettam perukku". Since rain flows in this month, the rivers are filled with water. Water is also given from dams to agriculturists. On this day, we prepare all varieties of rice and vadams etc. taking all to nearby river or beach with friends and give them manjal kunkum, vetrilai pakku, clothes etc This done to praise Goddeess Cauveri (Cauvery river).

ADI VELLI & VARALAKSHMI VRATAM

LORD SHIVA describes the glory of this Vrata in the Skanda Purana. It is performed by a woman whose husband is still living. Maha Lakshmi is the abode of all auspiciousness and prosperity. This worship of Maha Lakshmi is done to obtain good progeny, and for the health and long life of the husband.

The Vrata is observed on the Friday immediately preceding the full moon day of the month of Sravan (August-September). After a purificatory bath, the lady should put on a clean, fresh cloth and make a mandala with the drawing of a lotus upon it. A kalasha filled with rice and topped with fresh mango leaves, a coconut and cloth are placed on the mandala and Lakshmi is invoked therein. Fresh grains are used in the worship as they convey the idea of growth and prosperity.

After the worship of the kalasha, follows the worship of Ganesha, then the worship of the raksha or the sacred thread. Now the main worship of Vara Lakshmi begins and the raksha is worshipped a second time. It is then tied to the right hand of the lady. After the worship various auspicious articles are given as charity to some deserving lady whose husband is alive. This lady is also fed with dainties.

Lakshmi not only bestows wealth and all sorts of material prosperity, but also imparts divine wisdom to all Her devotees. She is Vidya Shakti. She introduces Her devotees to Her Lord. She recommends them to Her Lord for their salvation.

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http://www.eprarthana.com/offers/aa…

Aadi festival is celebrated for the birth of the tamil month of Aadi (July - August) This festival is special for various Ammans.

Sundays, Tuesdays and Fridays of this month are considered very auspicious. A lot of festivals are celebrated in the month of Aadi. This tamil month marks the beginning of all festivals during the festival season.

All Fridays in the month of Aadi are cosidered auspicious, especially 1st and 3rd Fridays.

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Response from: Hari Rama,   
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Hi, This pooja is done to invoke to seeking the blessings of the ancestral women of the family who enjoyed a long and prosperous family life and left this world as sumangalies. In each family there exists a set pattern of tradition and procedures regarding the pooja as well as items to be cooked and served. Before performing the Sumangali prarthanai, one should first ascertain what is his Kudumba Sampradayam and follow the same strictly.

The total number of Sumangalies should be 3, 5, 7, 9, 11 or 15, depending on how many sumangalies are available in the house and the balance are invited from outside. All the sumangalies invited for the pooja are given til oil, shikhakai, and thaila chhakkai, in advance or on the early hours of the day of pooja. They are then instructed to take an oil bath, wear 9 yards madi-pudvai and assemble around 9 a.m.

After the arrival of the sumangalies, one kuthu villakku is lit and kept carefully. The pooja is then performed and the entire family members offer prayers to the ancestral women of the family and seek their blessings.

This pooja is usually done a few days before the wedding and for the Mangalya, which is to be tied around the neck of the bride. Sumangalis are invited for a feast and offered gifts. The sari used for the pooja is to be gifted to one of the Sumangalis.

As for the Sumangali Poojas conducted in the temple it is done strictly by women to pray for their spouses' longevity and a blissful marriage life. It is said Mother is the guardian of a woman's thirumangalyam ( mangalsutra). So its also a kind of thanksgiving and a group prathanai for Mother.

Om veda-jananai Namah Salutations to HER who is the source of the world.

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Adi velli..- we do varalakshmi puja on friday .

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Response from: nagarajan ramanathan,   
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It is mostly celebrated by brahmins. it usually comes during aadi velli only. previously goddess parvathi separated from lord siva. she lived in a forest and cook food from the available.then during the aadi velli she joined with siva. so now it is a custom to prepare 'adai' during pooja

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Response from: NEERAJA NAVEEN,   
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It’s a puja where we commemorate the women who conked off before their husbands. That’s kinda auspicious in our culture.

So in this Sumagali Puja, a bunch of women whose hubbies are still alive are made to do certain things… like not have breakfast till the puja is done.

This pooja is done to invoke the blessings of the departed Sumangalis. It is done a few days before the wedding and pooja is done for the Mangalya, which is to be tied around the neck of the bride. Sumangalis are invited for a feast and offered gifts. The sari used for the pooja is to be gifted to one of the Sumangalis.

An older sumangali offer fruits and flowers to five younger ones after ritually venerating them.

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Response from: Prabhu Thiag,   
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Sumangali Prarthana This pooja is done to invoke the blessings of the departed Sumangalis. It is done a few days before the wedding and pooja is done for the Mangalya, which is to be tied around the neck of the bride. Sumangalis are invited for a feast and offered gifts. The sari used for the pooja is to be gifted to one of the Sumangalis.

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Response from: Saras ,   
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On this day they call sumangalis to home in odd numbers like 3, 5, 9 etc then do paadha pooja, give them lunch and then while going give them kumkum,thamboolam, fall to their feet and get aseervatham.This is done 3 fridays.

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Response from: sanmugan sundaram,   
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Full details available at:http://www.audarya-fellowship.com/f…

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