We are into the month of Margazhi also known as Margasheersha or Dhanurmasam, which has acquired superior auspiciousness for devotional activities. In Bhagvadgeeta, Sri Krishna says: "maasanaam margasheershoahamritunaam kusumakarah" ("Among the months, I am Margasheersha!"). Lord Krishna, Himself steers the spiritual seeker during Margazhi, it is indeed a gift from the Supreme God. Considering the unique sacredness and spirituality attached to this month, functions like marriage, Upanayanam, Gruha-Pravesam etc are not conducted during the month, to ensure that divine worship can be given complete focus and attention without any distractions from other activities.
Margazhi, which precedes the Uttarayana is ushah-kaala (the short period just before dawn) for devas for whom a human year (samvatsara) constitutes one day. If the whole year is deemed to be just one day, margazhi month is the pre-dawn period of awakening, when one transits from the stillness and calm of the wintery night to a day of meaningful activities. It is believed that any prayers/spiritual offerings to the almighty performed during Brahma Muhuratam yields manifold benefits as timing is most conducive for the devotee to completely focus on God. The period just before dawn in this month is therefore very sacred and Namasankeertanam and offering Poojai are accorded great importance. It is common for all to visit the temples and go around the streets singing Andal’s Tiruppavai, Manickavasagar’s Thiruvempavai , Thirupalliyerchi, and other bhajans, the intention is to rouse the latent spiritual powers in every individual.
The month of Dhanurmasam is especially important for worshipping Mahavishnu and reciting Andal's Thiruppavai. In many temples including Tirupati, while usually, Lord Vishnu starts his day with Suprabhatam, during Margazhi, he is awakened with the reverberations of Tiruppavai pasurams. An interesting ritual in Tirupati devasthanam followed this month is that Ekantha Seva in the night is performed to the idol of Lord Krishna instead of Lord Venkateshwara, Sri Bhoga Srinivasa Murthi, the silver image of the main deity is usually seated in the Sayana Mantapam in a golden cot, however only in Margazhi, Shri Krishna takes his place and then is woken up at dawn to the dulcet tones of Thiruppavai recitations.
The most important annual festivals, Vaikunta Ekadasi for Perumal and Aarudra Darshanam for Shiva are observed in Dhanurmasam. This year alone Srirangam temple observed Vaikunta Ekadashi in Karthigai month itself as is a practice in the temple to do so once in 19 years as ordained by Manavala Mamunigal to accommodate the 'Thai' Brahmotsavam celebrations in Margazhi. Most other temples observe Vaikunta Ekadashi as usual in the month of Margazhi.
Gita Jayanti, or the birthday of the Bhagavad Gita, is celebrated on the eleventh day (Ekadashi) of the bright half of the month of Margaseersha. It was on this day that Sanjaya narrated to King Dhritarashtra the dialogue between Sri Krishna and Arjuna, and thus made the glorious teachings of the Lord available to the world, for all time.
Only two out of twenty-seven stars are honoured with title “Thiru”. They are ThiruvOnam, assigned to Lord Vishnu, and ThiruvAthirai assigned to Lord Shiva. On the ThiruvAthirai nakshatram in Margazhi, Lord Nataraja is celebrated with grand fervour. Nataraja is the Lord of the Cosmic Dance, the blissful Ananda Thandavam. It is said that it was from his dance that the science of language was born. The small drum (damroo) in His hand is the symbol of rhythm and sound. There is rhythm in the whole movement of the universe. The sound is the divine music that comes from the Supreme Deity and carries the revelations of the ultimate truth. Arudra Darisanam is celebrated in a grand manner in 5 Sabhas of Sri Natarajar namely - Kanakasabha (Gold) - at Chidambaram , Velli Sabhai (Silver) at Madurai, Ratnasabha (Ruby) at Tiruvalankadu, Tamrasabha (Copper) at Tirunelveli, Chitrasabha (Pictures) at Kutralam and in all other Shiva temples.
Pavai Nombu/Katyayani (Durga) vratam, is observed by women during Margazhi masam for family prosperity and by unmarried girls to be blessed with a good life partner in marriage. Goddess Parvati herself, when reborn as Himavan's daughter is believed to have observed this Vratam to obtain Lord Shiva as her consort. There is a legend that following Narada muni's advice, Rukmini performed Katyanani vratam worshipping Parvati and obtained Shri Krishna as her husband. Similarly, the Gopikas performed Katyayani vratam and obtained divine bliss and oneness with Lord Krishna. It is also said that Andal performed Pavai Nonbu to merge with Sri Ranganatha. Spiritually, this illustrates the desire of the jeevatma to merge with the paramatma and total submission to the Almighty.
On the last day of this month, on Bhogi, people discard all old things at home marking the beginning of a new era. Houses are cleaned, decorated with kolam, flowers, and mango leaves, in readiness to welcome Uttarayana.
We wish all our patrons a blissful Margazhi, and a Happy and Prosperous New Year 2022!
Important days this month:
||13th Jan (Except in Srirangam)
SIS January Satsang
In keeping with the continuing tradition of monthly Satsangs, January 2022 Satsang will be conducted online.
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