Thai Poosam Festival @ New Malden Murugan Temple (06-02-2012)

The Hindu festival called ‘Thai Poosam,’ is observed on the day over which the asterism Pushya (cancri) presides, in the Tamil month of Thai which corresponds to the English months January-February. The day generally falls on the full moon day of the month. The planet Brihaspati or Guru (Jupiter) is said to be the presiding deity of the asterism Pushya and consequently worship offered to the asterism Pushya is considered to have special merit, since Brihaspati symbolises wisdom and the Hindus consider him to be the preceptor of the gods and one of the most important of the nine planets.