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Karadaiyan Nonbu

KARADAIYAN NONBU

Karadaiyan nonbu is celebrated by ladies of the  Brahmin community  during the transition of theTamil Month Maasi into Panguni. The ladies observe fast on that day and make the adai and offer it to God along with butter.

This year Nonbu falls on the 14th of March.

Also known as Savitri Vrat, Karadaiyan Nonbu ritual is observed by all married women for the well being of their husbands and to pray that they as couples should remain together always. Unmarried women also observe Karadaiyan Nonbu and pray to Goddess Shakti to identify a good man for a life partner
Karadaiyan Nonbu is celebrated in honour of Sathi Savithri’s success in bringing back her husband Sathyavan’s life from the hands of Yama Dev, the God of Death. This is why the ritual is known as Savithri Nonbu.

On the appointed day, women prepare the sweet adai made of pounded rice and jiggery.  Each lady sits behind a banana leaf placed on a kolam.  She is served adai and butter, and betel leaves and nuts and fresh flowers are also placed before her.  Other additions include a savoury version of the adai, a banana, etc.  She also places the Nonbu sharadu – a sacred cotton thread dipped in turmeric.  At the exact time specified, all the ladies symbolically offer all that is placed in front of them to the Goddess Gowri or Shakthi, with the words:

“Urugada Vennaiyum Oradaiyum Naan Tharuven
Orukaalum En Kanavar Ennai Piriyadirukkanum”

After this, Nonbu Charadu is tied around the neck.
After wearing the sharadu, the ladies partake of the prasadam of adai on their leaves.

The sharadu should ideally not be removed until the next Karadaiyan Nonbu.  The tradition of Kaaradayan Nonbu every year is believed to attain a long married life.


Karadaiyan Nonbu festival is celebrated with great importance on the Southern states of Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Karnataka, and Andhra Pradesh.

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