Aadi Pooram, many Vaishnavite temples conduct Homams and Poojas (rituals for worship). Aadi Pooram is celebrated with grandeur at Srivalliputtur, the birthplace of Andal. This festival is also celebrated at Srirangam Temple for 10 days. On the 10th day, the divine marriage of Andal and Lord Ranganathar (Lord Vishnu) is celebrated. It is believed that girls who are yet to be married or searching for the right groom, pray to Andal on the 10th day (i.e., divine marriage day) to get married soon and be blessed with the perfect partner.
Andal has composed many Paasurams (devotional songs) in praise of Lord Ranganathar. Her paasurams are Thiruppavai (30 Paasurams) and Naachiar Thirumozhi (143 Paasurams). After the marriage ceremony, the devotees chant the Thiruppavai and other Paasurams.
In all the Shakti temples, on this day, the Goddess is beautifully decorated, and many glass bangles are offered to the Goddess in various forms. Later, the bangles are distributed among all devotees. It is believed that wearing these bangles will bless couples with progeny. Also, when pregnant women wear these bangles it is believed to shield their child from evil forces.
Benefits of Observing Aadi Pooram
Celebrating Andal and Goddess Shakti on this auspicious day can bestow the following benefits:
- Happy and prosperous life
- Progeny blessings and protection of the fetus from evil forces
- Blessing of a good spouse