We are into the month of Margazhi, which is one of immense spiritual significance, the greatness of Margazhi can be gauged from the fact that Lord Krishna in the Bhagavad Gita, describes the month of Margazhi as a manifestation of himself thus,
'Maasaanaam maargasheershoham' - 'among the months I am Margazhi'
Margazhi is considered auspicious for putting efforts into one’s own spiritual growth - be it sadhana, vratam, bhajans or poojai. This is a month where one can see a confluence of spirituality and culture in everyday activities like singing Thiruppavai, Thiruvemppavai, Thiruppalliyezhuchi, and other bhajans, visiting temples in the early morning, drawing elaborate kolams, etc. The two most important temple festivals for Shiva and Vishnu take place this month - Vaikunta Ekadashi in Srirangam and Aarudra Darshanam in Chidambaram.
Vaikunta Ekadashi – Dec 25, 2020
At Ranganathaswamy temple, in Srirangam, Vaikuntha Ekadashi celebrations last 21 days divided into two parts with chanting of thiruvaimozhi - pagal pathu (morning part) and ira pathu (night part). Thiruvaimozhi consists of 4000 verses and extols the glory of Lord Narayana, the first 1000 verses of Thiruvaimozhi are rendered during the 10 days prior to Vaikunta Ekadashi and this period is known as ‘pagal pathu.’ The ten days after Vaikunta Ekadasi is known as ‘ira pathu’ during which the next 3000 verses of Thiruvaimozhi are recited. On Vaikunta Ekadashi, Lord Ranganatha is adorned by an armour of diamonds (rathnaangi) and brought to the thousand-pillared hall from the sanctum sanctorum through the northern gate known as paramapada vasal, the gate to Vaikuntha. This gate is opened once in a year, only on the Vaikuntha Ekadashi day and remains open the entire day for the devotees.
Aarudra darshanam – Dec 30, 2020
The combination of Aarudra star and the full moon takes place once a year, in the month of Margazhi. On this day, early in the morning Lord Shiva, in his manifestation as dancing Lord Nataraja gives his darshan – known as Aarudra darshanam, most famously in Chidambaram and in other Shiva temples as well. Maha Abhishekam for Lord Nataraja and goddess Sivakama Sundari takes place early in the morning at the raja sabha (thousand pillar mandapam) followed by raja alangaram and procession.
2020 has been one of the most challenging and difficult years for the world with the unprecedented pandemic. At the same time, it is a testimony to human resilience, adaptability and community spirit. We have seen immeasurable acts of kindness and charity with communities coming together for support and people coming together with the help of technology. The year ends with a note of hope, especially with the discovery of vaccine.
As we prepare to leave this year and usher in the new year, let’s pray that 2021 brings in good health and happiness to everyone in the world.
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SIS January Satsang
Time: Sat, Jan 9 at 03:00 PM
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In keeping with the continuing tradition of monthly Satsangs, January 2021 Satsang will be conducted online.
The Satsang will include reciting
- Vishnu Sahasranaman and Mahalakshmi Ashtakam
- Lalitha Sahasranaman
- Hanuman Chalisa
- Short spiritual talk
Please attend with your family and importantly involve the next generation.
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