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Written by: Jayanthi
Friday, July 17, 2009

Aadi Masam 2009 – Aadi Month in 2009 in Tamil Calendar

Donated by guest blogger, Abhilash with end notes by Jayanthi
Photo, right. "Lakshmi by Dad" courtesy, Maitri Erwin.


Spiritual Calendar of Adi

Courtesy Maitri Erwin
Courtesy Maitri Erwin

Aadi Masam, or Adi, is the fourth month in Tamil Calendar and is termed inauspicious by many as the Dakshinayana Punyakalam begins in the month. But several Tamil Hindu rituals and festivals are held in the month of Aadi and therefore it is also auspicious to some people. In 2009, the Aadi Masam begins on July 17 and ends on August 16. (It must be noted that the exact beginning of Aadi Masam is on the night of July 16)

Here are the important festivals and auspicious days in Aadi Masam in 2009

Dakshinayana Punyakalam, the night of the Devas, begins on the first day of the month Aadi. It is marked on July 16, 2009. Some communities perform Tarpanam on the day. The sun changes its direction during this period and next six months is the night time of the gods. Due to this reason, no auspicious events are held in the month.

Aadi Chevvai – the Tuesdays in Aadi Masam is highly auspicious.

Aadi Velli – Fridays in the Aadi Masam is also considered auspicious.

Aadi Amavasi (August 9, 2010) – No moon day in Aadi month dedicated to offering Shradh and Tarpan to dead ancestors. It must be note that in many regions Amavasai begins on July 21 and ends on July 22, 2009.

Aadi Pooram (August 11, 2010) – The day is dedicated to Andal.

Varalakshmi Puja (August 20, 2010) – Worship of Goddess Lakshmi. See Tutorial and Ettiquette for Attending. Part 2.

Aadi Perukku (2010?) – The festival is dedicated to Kaveri River and falls on the eighteenth day in Aadi Masam.

Aadi Karthigai (2010?) – festival dedicated to Lord Muruga.


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Cultural Notes of Aadi Masam by Jayanthi

Family/Marriage Traditions
Generally marriages do not happen during Adi Masam. Also, during this period, especially in Tamil Nadu, married women will go home to their parents during this month. This gives them a chance to spend time with their birth family as well as separate husband and wife to prevent conception. The reasoning behind this is that if a baby is conceived during this month, it would be born in the month of May, which is affectionately knows as Agni Nakchataram or the month of the 'Fire Star'. In May, temperatures can soar over 120 degrees Fahrenheit in Tamil Nadu (this is not true in all parts of India, even to neighboring state Kerala, which begins monsoons at this time), so giving birth at this time would be very difficult for a mother. Hence, a girl going to visit her parents during Adi Masam could be considered 'traditional birth control' and also a method of saving her life because giving birth during the hottest month can be detrimental to mother and child.

Prayers to Promote Health and Wellness
Many modern folks may wonder why have all this superstition? Why can't we just be practical? Interestingly, the one looks deeper into many Indian/Hindu rituals; one can find a practical application. Aadi Masam is no exception. According to my friend, Charanya, "Aadi Masam is also dedicated to prayers for the goddess Mariamman who is also worshiped since she is the guardian against diseases like chicken pox and measles which predominantly occur during this time period with the weather being hot sticky."

Commercialism, Consumerism and Materialism
Against popular opinion or myths people have about India, people love stuff in India. People like to buy stuff, have stuff and collect stuff. The materialistic culture in India is widespread, striving and flourishing. There are mega department stores akin to Wal-Mart and Macys in India, among the many smaller specialty shops and shopping malls. Because there is no 'cultural demand' for purchasing items because there are no marriages or other big functions planned during this month, sales are advertised widely. Bargains abound tempting shoppers to come and spend money, buy and collect stuff for the pending festival season; late August to mid January. The sales during this month have no religious or spiritual significance, it is purely commercial.
It is also during Aadi Masam, when people don't have weddings and functions to attend, they may get bored at home. For those who don't like to shop, but love movies, many much awaited films are released during Adi Masam, tempting people to spend time in the movie theatre cheering on their favorite heroes and heroines.


Special Recipes and Food for Aadi Masam
According to The Yum blog, there are four items people make for Aadi Masam: Kesari, Sakkarai Pongal, Semiya Payasam, Manja Pongal.
Kesari is an easy to make sweet dish (desert) made with cream of wheat (rava, sooji). Yum blog recipe.
Sakkarai Pongal is a south Indian version of sweet rice pudding with any variety of additional ingredients: moong dhal, cashews, sweet fruits, etc. Two ideas for this sweet pongal dish are found at the Yum blog (with sweet fruits). Sakkarai Pongal is also known as sweet pongal or Pongala Payasam if in Kerala, with additional bananas. See Pongala Payasam recipe.
Semiya Paayasam is an easy to make pudding like desert with five ingredients. Check it out on the Yum Blog.
Manja Pongal, unlike the others above is savory (salty). A variety of Pongal made with toor dhal and not moong dhal, this dish according to the Yum Blog is made throughout Aadi Masam on Fridays for Aadi Velli.



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You may also like to read

Aadi Auspicious or Inauspicious?    

Aadi velli kizhamai (Fridays in aadi month) - The Yum Blog

Varalakshmi Puja 2008 Photos by Maitri on flickr

Varalakshmi Vratham

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10 comments so far...

Re: Aadi Masam 2009 – Aadi Month in 2009 in Tamil Calendar

i want to know aadi month in tamil for birth of a baby/if girl and if boy

By ramakrishnan on   Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Re: Aadi Masam 2009 – Aadi Month in 2009 in Tamil Calendar

Hi Ramakrishna..
I am sorry I do not quite understand what information you require. Can you please elaborate?
Also feel free to post your query on the facebook page for this post, more people visit there may know.

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By admin on   Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Re: Aadi Masam 2009 – Aadi Month in 2009 in Tamil Calendar

hi just wanted to know if there are any adverse effects of a baby boy being born within aadi month? i am due to give birth to my first child (boy) in aadi month. kindly advise of any bad effects to the baby, or the family in any way.
thanks

By girl on   Monday, April 12, 2010

Re: Aadi Masam 2009 – Aadi Month in 2009 in Tamil Calendar

hi just wanted to know if there are any adverse effects of a baby boy being born within aadi month? i am due to give birth to my first child (boy) in aadi month. kindly advise of any bad effects to the baby, or the family in any way.
thanks

By girl on   Monday, December 03, 2012

Re: Aadi Masam 2009 – Aadi Month in 2009 in Tamil Calendar

Girl.. Hi Thanks for stopping by. I have posted this on my Facebook forum too. Check this link for more.
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By Jennifer blog admin on   Monday, April 12, 2010

Re: Aadi Masam 2009 – Aadi Month in 2009 in Tamil Calendar

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By admin on   Monday, April 12, 2010

Re: Aadi Masam 2009 – Aadi Month in 2009 in Tamil Calendar

Hi,
Your provided very intresting information, but I would say some more reason behind it why adi dedicated for sprituality (long ago I read somewhere, i cant remember) If you could find more reasons that would be more intresting.
Thank you and you did great job

By Anderson F X on   Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Re: Aadi Masam 2009 – Aadi Month in 2009 in Tamil Calendar

Jennifer,
Is your blog still alive?
\Regards,
venkat

By venkat on   Monday, December 03, 2012

Re: Aadi Masam 2009 – Aadi Month in 2009 in Tamil Calendar

We lost a 1lak worth jewelery on aadi velli ( ie friday 03/07/2012). As fridays are considered as auspicious...will losing a jewellery on that day have bad effects on us? Since Gold is considered as Lakshimi would like to get more clear about it

By Priya on   Monday, December 03, 2012

Re: Aadi Masam 2009 – Aadi Month in 2009 in Tamil Calendar

Venkat, Hi. I am so sorry for the delay. I do check the comments and refresh the articles, but I do not add new ones. I have a new blog at
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Priya, I am sorry, I do not know how to answer your question.

Thank you Anderson.

Jennifer Kumar

By Blog owner on   Monday, December 03, 2012

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