Thaipusam at New Malden Murugan Temple
A festival occurring in the Tamil month Thai (January – February), on the day of the star Poosam around Pournami (Full Moon) is celebrated as Thaipusam. There are several legends about the festival Thaipusam. Here are a few of them there was a demon named Tharakasuran who gave a lot of trouble to the rishis and saints. Lord Muruga was called by his parents Lord Shiva and Parvati and given the job of destroying the Asuran. Lord Muruga set off with the blessings of his parents to destroy the demon. He took with him twelve weapons, eleven of which were given by his father Lord Shiva and the ‘Vel’ given by his mother Parvati. Lord Muruga destroyed Tharakasuran on the Poosam Nakshatra day in the Tamil month of Thai and hence Thai Poosam is celebrated in all Murugan temples.
New Malden Murugan Temple, New Malden, Surrey,UK