Thai Poosham

Feb 3 2015… Thai Poosham… A festival of Lord Murugan, celebrated with much joy by Tamil people all over… India, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Singapore, Mauritius, South Africa… the world over..

Morning started, as most mornings do, with whatsapp greetings… This day it was pictures of Lord Muruga… And a verse from Tiruppugazh… The timeless treatise of the great sage of Arunachala – Tiru Arunagirinathar…. This verse is a well known one, where Arunagirinathar prays to Lord Muruga to come in the form a Guru and bless him…

உருவாய் அருவாய் உளதாய் இலதாய்
மருவாய் மலராய் மணியாய் ஒளியாய்
கருவாய் உயிராய் கதியாய் குருவாய்
வருவாய் அருவாய் குகனே

uruvAi aruvAi uLathAi ilathAi
maruvAi malarAi maNiyAi oLiyAi
karuvAi uyirAi gadhiyAi vidhiyAi
guruvAi varuvAi aruLvAi guhanE

As formless, as with form,
As That which is, As That which is not,
As Fragrance, as Flowers,
As Chime of bells, as Light,
As Embryo, as Life,
As Divine Destiny, as Fruits of Karma
As Guru,
Please come and bless me,
O one in the cave (of the heart)!

Lovely verse, with beautiful sounds…. These then formed as a picture in one’s mind… A picture of Lord Muruga of Pazhani, clad in a loin cloth… And his manifestation as a Guru, in the form of the sage of Arunachala, Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi…



Evening saw one having darshan of Bhagavan at Ramana Kendra in Chennai, and listening to a soulful music concert of Ramana songs…

Night of Thai Poosham…

One went to the eastern balcony to gaze at the sky and the beautiful full-moon of Thai poosham… A lovely sight greeted the eyes, with a small cluster of black and white clouds flying across the face of the sky, right in front of the moon, making the moon appear to be floating in the other direction… What also caught one’s eye was a bright star at around 8 AM position with respect to the moon… It left an impression…

This morning one saw a picture on the Net… From Jamaica.. of the full moon and ‘that star’




It was a retweet by ‘Epic Cosmos’ which read – the Moon and Jupiter from Jamaica, this evening.

Aha, the star was a planet! Jupiter!

This is a special cosmic sight. Apparently, Jupiter enjoys its month of glory in February 2015, being the time of what is called the ‘Jupiter Opposition’. What is opposition? It simply means that Earth passes between Jupiter and the sun. Jupiter is opposite the sun in our sky – at its best! (To read about this click here )

And then a friend shared this other picture, from Arunachala.



Perfect setting for the verse of Arunagirinathar… The mountain Arunagiri… Thai Poosham, the festival of Muruga… Full moon.,.. And Jupiter, which in Indian astronomy is known as Guru…

The prayer of Arunagiri was – ‘As Guru, please come and bless me…”…

Guru has come in the Arunachala sky!

Haro Hara!


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4 Responses to “Thai Poosham”

  1. crazymohan Says:

    ’’கூகா எனயென் கிளைகூடி அழ
    போகாவகை மெய்ப்பொருள் பேசியவா
    நாகாசல வேலவ நாலுகவித்
    த்யாகாசல லோக சிகாமணியே’’….

  2. Meena Ramji Says:

    Hi, Thanks for this post. I found this google sky picture showing the placement of Jupiter , Guru on the day. Thanks once again for this wonderful post.

  3. ravi anna family Says:

    when i went through the entire text i was really stunned by the known beauty of murugan songs especially with reference to its assonance and consonance. In fact i had missed words from this famous arulagirnathar`s ballade, but managed to find out now in your email. It is serendipity.
    tks once again and blessings to all from the almighty…..ravi anna family

  4. Nagarajan Balasubramanyam Says:

    wonderful . We enjoyed the picture. The moon and jupitar.Thaipoosam.

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