In Melmaruvathur Adhiparasakthi Siddhar Peetam all the festivals are celebrated in accordance with AMMA's Oracle and differ to the traditional rituals.
Of these, Thai Poosam, Amma's Birthday, Chitra Pournami, Aadi Pooram And Navarathri are celebrated in a very grand and festive manner.
Thai Pongal is one of the most popular festivals for Tamils around the world. The Tamil festival of Thai Pongal is a thanksgiving ceremony during which Tamils express gratitude for a successful harvest. It marks the beginning of the winter solstice, when the Sun begins to move north from its southern-most position.
Pongal refers to the “boiling over” of milk and rice during the month of Thai, the first month in the Tamil calendar. The commencement of Thai is seen as paving the way for new opportunities. This day of gratitude is celebrated by all those in the Tamil community around the world in the company of friends and family.
Arul Thiru Amma showers us with Her blessing and wishes for the New Year each year through her Thai Pongal Divine Revelation. Through this divine revelation Amma has provided us with some vital life-sustaining messages.
In the 2014 Thai Pongal divine revelation, Arul Thiru Amma has said that it is natural for us humans to at times live an aimless life, without knowing the reason for being born. It is therefore important that we strive to search within for these answers!
Furthermore, in this time of festivity Arul Thiru Amma has urged us to fill our lives with an abundance of love, unity, spirituality, good thoughts and care for others. Arul Thiru Amma speaks of the values of worshiping our natural habitat and urges us to avoid placing importance on modern science and technology. For instance, traditionally, natural sources like the clay pot, firewood, brick stone, arugampul (Bermuda grass), cow milk and rice were used to make pongal. However, with technology developing and the invention of gas stoves this method is slowly diminishing. Arul Thiru Amma has emphasized that the traditional way of making pongal is much tastier and healthier as we are using natural sources in comparison to pongal cooked via a gas stove.
You can listen to Arul Thiru Amma's 2015 Thai Pongal divine revelation via this link:http://goo.gl/T4GfC8
The Main aspects of the Thai Poosam festival are Sakthi Malai (IRUMUDI), Velvi and Jyothi Darshan (worshipping the divine flame).
Sakthi Malai (Irumudi) involves Sakthis (devotees of Amma) putting the Sakthi malai (beaded garland with a blessed dollar coin) around their neck in their Mandrams and observe fasting and penance for 3-5 days. They then travel to the Siddhar peetam and complete their Irumudi by performing Abishegam (milk anointment) to the Swayambu.
Amma in Her oracle has said, “Those who sincerely think of ME and pray to ME, by wearing Sakthi Malai, observe fasting, doing Angapradhakshanam (circumambulation of the temple) at Siddhar Peetam and completely surrender themselves to me, will find their wishes fulfilled and problems solved.”
Hundreds of thousands of devotees and their families have benefited by wearing Sakthi Malai and carrying Irumudi.
"I am teaching each and everything to you, just like a mother would feed her child with love and care. It is up to you to realize this and do service to get My blessings. Don't miss the opportunity."
Adigalars's day of incarnation was first celebrated on 3rd March, 1983. This day is celebrated as the day of the Guru- Disciple relation, as opposed to other festival days which are celebrated as a God-Devotee relation.
Devotees, in their love and gratitude to their Guru, perform Paatha Pooja (worshipping and praying at the Divine lotus feet) on this day, followed by Amma giving Darshan (audience) to the public from morning till evening. This day is also celebrated by a procession from Amma’s house to the Siddhar peetam, where Amma sits on a golden chariot to the delight of thousands of devotees.
Amma’s oracles states, “Do not forget your Mother and Guru”.
Since 1995, this Incarnation day is celebrated over three days, with various service projects and cultural programs held both in the lead up to and during this period.
This festival usually falls during the April-May period as per the Gregorian calendar, however as per the Tamil calendar (ancient language of India), the festival is celebrated on the full moon day in the month of Chithirai (Tamil month of May).
This festival is signified by the large scale kalasa velvi pooja which is held at the Siddhar Peetam and thousands of yagnas performed by devotees for their welfare and of the world at large.
Three important aspects of the Aadipooram festival, held over 2 days are:
Serving Kanji (Gruel) is a special offering to Amma. As stated in Her oracle, ‘Son, the kanji you have brought here as an offering is not an ordinary one. To me it is the GOD's divine food (Amirtham). The kanji( gruel) is not made up of rice and ghee, but carries with it, the invaluable love, affection and devotion of my devotees.’
Thousands of people bring this gruel, take it around Siddhar peetam, after which it is served to all.
Milk Abhishegam to Swayambu is an important event where everyone is given the opportunity to enter the sanctum sanctorum and perform Abishegam with their own hands.
Amma has advised that devotee with multiple problems will find solace and resolution of these difficulties through this process. Furthermore those who are keen to enhance their spiritual growth and development will also benefit from this.
Angapradhakshanam by Amma is a highly significant aspect of this festival. Following a bath, Arul Thiru Adigalar reaches the sanctum sanctorum, stands in front of the Swayambu and becomes an incarnation of Adhiparasakthi in a fraction of second. In this transcendental state, Amma resembles a cobra, and leaps from the sanctum sanctorum to the mandapam, around two metres away, and then goes around the Siddhar peetam. Such feats are beyond the human comprehension and ability.
The purpose of this is to save people from their fate and destiny. As such, devotees are encouraged to perform Angapradhakshanam while at Siddhar peetam, to cleanse themselves of their negatives, and magnify their spiritual energy.
Navarathri is a key festival celebrated over nine days.
On the first day, Amma lights the lamp called Agandam filled with three oils; neem, coconut and sesame. Prior to lighting the lamp, Amma goes around the Siddhar peetam three times, then enters Putrumandapam to worship the Goddess, during which time Adhiparaksathi transcends into him.
In that divine state, Amma then enters the sanctum sanctorum to perform rituals to the Swayambu, after which the wick of the Agandam is lit with Her mouth. At that point in time, Amma’s face and body almost appears to resemble a dancing cobra.
The Agandam burns for nine days continuously, while devotees pour the tri-oil into the lamp, worship the light emanating from the flame and breathe in the holy smoke.
Amma, in Her oracle declared that, ‘Agandam has the power to help man out of his crisis, which is the outcome of his fate and destiny’.