Hinduism News:

Yanai Pandigai

Yanai Pandigai is observed on the full moon day in Karthigai Masam in Tamilnadu. In the year 2012, Yanai Pandugai is on November 28, 2012. It is a special festival dedicated to the worship of elephants as per Vaishnava traditions.

As per legend, in times of Mahabharata, Gandhari who was the mother of Kauravas once performed a puja to the royal elephants and golden elephants. She however did not invite Kunti to the cermemony. When Kunti was saddened with this behaviour of Gandhari, Arjuna brought Indra’s white elephant called Airavata to the earth in the steps made of arrows. Then Kunti performed the puja to Airavatha. Hence Yanai Pandugai came into being.

On this day, devotees worship elephants made of clay, wood, bronze or even silver and gold. Varieties of food are offered to the elephant on the day and lamps are lit around the house on this day.

Women offer coconut water and milk to the colourfully decorated elephants. This is observed for three days and on the last day, the clay elephants are immersed in the nearby lakes or ponds. This is a very popular custom among the Mandyam Iyengar community in South India.

This festival is also known as karthigai Deepam in many parts of the country.

What Next?

Related Articles

Leave a Reply

Submit Comment

Time limit is exhausted. Please reload the CAPTCHA.