Vaikasi is the second month of Tamil Calendar. Temples dedicated
to Subrahmanya or Muruga celebrate the Vaisdakam festival. The full
moon day is a day of great festivity for Subrahmanya or Muruga, the son
of Lord Shiva. At Tiruchendur and Thiruparankundran, devotees carry milk
pots and this day is considered as a day of enlightenment.
It is on this day that the Buddha Purnima is celebrated
- the day on which Gautama Buddha is said to have been born, got enlightenment
and attained Nirvana.