Thaipusam which falls in the month of Thai (January - February) is celebrated with intense devotion by a very large section of the people throughout Malaysia. It is celebrated on the full moon when the constellation Pusam is on the ascend. Lord Skanda is the spiritual son of Lord Siva. On this day the Lance (vel) was given to him by His mother.
The origin of Lord Skanda, the purpose of His avatara and its significance are of much importance to all seekers after Truth. During the battle between the Asuras and the Devas, the latter were defeated several times by the former. The Devas were unable to resist the onslaught of the Asuric forces. In despair, they approached Lord Siva and entreated to give them an able leader under whose heroic leadership they might obtain victory over the Asuras. They surrendered themselves completely and prayed to Lord Siva sincerely. The gracious Lord granted their request by creating mighty divine warrior, Lord Skanda, out of his own power or Achintya Sakti. This great son of Lord Siva at once assumed leadership of the celestial forces, originated them, inspired them and attacked the asuric forces. The asuras were routed and a glorious victory was gained by the Devas.
Lakhs of devotees from various parts of the country and abroad converged at the ancients 'Lord Murugan Temples' at Tiruchendur, Palani, Tirupparankundram, Pazhamudircholai, Swamimalai and Thiruthani - the six sacred abodes and other temples of the God in the State on the occasion of 'Thai Poosam' festival, today. Special prayers and worship were offered in these temples, since early morning. The devotees bearing several kinds of 'Kavadis' Decorated central shaft of a semi-circular wooden structure) flocked the temple to fulfill their vows.
Several devotees, including women and children, came on a padayatra, carrying milk pots as offerings and piercing their body with spikes.
The festival is celebrated in a grand manner on the full moon day in he Tamil month of 'Thai' every year.
Make a whole hearted surrender at the feet of the Divine even as the Devas surrendered to Lord Siva. And like them, pray earnestly with Bhava and sincerity. The Divine help will surely come, and in your heart will spring up the routing torrent of Divine Sakti. The Lord's grace will become manifest to you in the form of inner soul force. This is the Divine power of Jnana symbolised by the Vel which vanquishes all undivine forces that attack you on the spiritual path and emerge triumphant and victorious.