Vaikasi Visakam 2018
Vaikasi Visakam is celebrated as the birthday of Lord Muruga also known as Subramanya , Kartikeya, Skanda and the day when Lord subramanya is accepted to have showed up on earth to demolish the evil presences and ease the sufferings of people. Lord Muruga is believed to have incarnated on the Visakam Nakshatra on Vaikasi Pournami.
Story Behind the birth of Lord Muruga / Subramanya
As mentioned in Skanda purana mata sati the first wife of Lord Shiva got very angry toward his father Daksha and sacrificed herself for insulting and was not inviting him to the yagna ceremony. Taking this as an advantage with the boons of Lord Shiva that they being killed only by the son of Lord Shiva, the asuras Soorapadman and Tarakasura started troubling the deities and devas. All the divinities went to Lord Shiva and requested him to do something as they couldn't endure the evil spirit Soorapadman's brutality.
Clean your House before the day Vaikasi Visakam
Lighting the deepa with Ghee or Oil.
Make Small Turmeric idol of Ganesha and do puja.
Prepare Sweet/Sarkarai Pongal, a special neviedya, or prasad
Observe fasting and shall drink milk during fasting.
Do Milk Abishek for Muruga idol or offer milk to near by Murugan Temple.
Must worship Lord Muruga / Subramanya by offering Pujas and rituals.
Chant Muruga Mantra / Skanda Shasti Kavacham while doing puja