Agni Nakshatram started on the 4th of May 2020. People in South India, particularly in the State of Tamil Nadu, mark the end of Agni Nakshatram as a big festival. Agni Nakshatram is celebrated in Tamil Nadu by visiting the temple of Lord Murugan, offering prayers. Agni Nakshatram for the year 2020 ended on 28th May, 2020.
Kartikeya, Skanda, Subrahmanian are all different names for Lord Murugan. Lord Murugan is worshipped on this day for prosperity and well-being. Devotees of Lord Murugan also take the holy water of Kaveri for Abhishekam.
Significance Of Agni Nakshatram
Agni Nakshatram is the period when Surya or Sun passes through Krittika star. Agni Nakshatram marks the onset of the Summer season which usually comes at the time of May-June as per the Gregorian calendar.
When the devas were not able to defeat demon Soorapadman, they approached Lord Shiva’s son Lord Murugan. Murugan fought against Soorapadman for 6 days thus killing the asur at the end. Agni Nakshatram is thus celebrated as the end of asur and victory for Lord Murugan.
As this period is marked as the peak of the Summer season, it is considered in southern India as “Agni Nakshatram Dosha”. Several auspicious events such as including marriages are not held. Instead, special events take place for Lord Murugan in places such as Palani, Swamimalai, Tiruttani, Tiruchendur, and Palamuthirsolai.
About Agni Nakshtram Dosha
Many people say that this period lasts for 21 days which is a dosha period. Many things such as money given will not be returned, unsuccessful journeys and diseases which will not be cured happen if not taken care of.
People usually avoid big events in such time and worship Lord Murugan asking them to safeguard against all the misfortunes.