The holy month of Aadi transforms all temples dedicated to Amman – an incarnation of Goddess Parvathi - into a veritable Amman world. Muthumariamman temple in Muthumariamman Koil Street in Puducherry is abuzz with spiritual events to signify the month.
The presiding deity, Muthumariamman, looks forward to bless her devotees. Though she is busy with the devout every day, yet Aadi Fridays and Sundays, when people perform the koozh ceremony, are extra busy. Women prepare the porridge – koozh - on the temple premises and offering it to her.
The deity is clad in yellow, red or saffron coloured saris and adorned with veppilai malai - neem garland.
Some women offer milk, tender coconuts and sandalwood paste for abhishekam on Fridays and Sundays.
The annual fire walk festival – thee midhi - is held during Aadi as many devotees who have taken a vow to walk on fire to appease the goddess do it with piety.
It is believed that Muthumariamman saves her devotees from communicable diseases.
Devotees offer sarees and silk pavadais to the goddess and seek her blessings
Muthumariamman Koil Street