Aadi Pooram 2021 August 11 Andal Jayanti Festival

Aadi Pooram or Adi Pooram is celebrated during the Tamil month of Aadi (which falls in the months of July – August) on the Pooram Nakshatra. Aadi Pooram is an annual festival which is celebrated in a grand scale in the Vaishnavite shrines of Tamil Nadu. Aadi Pooram marks the birthday of the Tamil poetess, Andal, who is renowned for her masterwork in Tamil literature. 

Andal composed Tamil devotional songs in praise of Lord Maha Vishnu. Thiruppaavai and Naachiar Thirumozhi are notable among them. Also known as Kothai, Andal spent her life time in worshiping Lord Vishnu. She is one among the 12 Azhwars who were the most famous devotees of Lord Vishnu and authors of Naalayira Divya Prabhandham – “4000 verses in praise of Lord Vishnu”. In 2021 Aadi Pooram festival date is on 11 August 2021.

Aadi Pooram Andal Jayanti Festival

Aadi Pooram Celebration

The Aadi Pooram ten-day festival is celebrated in all Lord Vishnu Temples in Tamil Nadu. Aadi Pooram festival is most famous in Srivilliputhur Andal Koil in Srivilliputhur, the birthplace of Andal, Sri Parthasarathy Swamy Temple at Chennai and at the Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple at Srirangam. At Parthasarathyswamy Temple, the first nine days are celebrated with daily recitation of the Thiruppavai and verses from the Nalayira Divya Prabhandam and Pallandu.

The 10th day is celebrated as Aadi Pooram day where Thirukalyanam (divine marriage of the God and the Goddess) is conducted. Special pujas are also conducted on this day. It is believed that if unmarried girls worship Goddess Andal on the 10th day of Adi Pooram festvial, they will get married soon.