SIS Panguni Newsletter
23rd March 2021

Dear Patrons,

We are into the month of Panguni and hope springs eternal with the onset of spring. Spring and hope are inextricably linked and the joy that is sparked at the sight of the unfurling leaves and blooms is unparalleled. We wish our patrons a bouyant and bountiful spring and summer.

Panguni Uthiram is of immense religious significance as it is considered the day of celestial marriages and divine incarnations. On this day, in the month of Panguni, the full moon coincides with Uttara palguni nakshatram. The day defines the glory of grihastha dharma (or married life). The Almighty manifested in the marital state as Uma-Maheswara, Sita-Rama, Aandal-Ranganathar and Murugan-Devasena. Goddess Parvati in the form of Gowri married Lord Siva in Kanchipuram and hence this day is also celebrated as the Gowri Kalyanam.

On this day, Goddess Mahalakshmi manifested on the earth from the ocean of milk when it was churned by the Gods and the demons. Hence it is celebrated as Mahalakshmi Jayanti.
It is also believed to be the day of incarnation of Lord Ayyappan.
Panguni Uthiram is celebrated in Murugan temples with great religious fervour. There are car festivals and devotees throng to offer 'Kavadi' to Lord Murugan. This year, Panguni Uthiram is on Mar 28th.

Phalgun poornima day is celebrated as Holi in North India with grand festivities, especially in the Braj region that includes Mathura and Vrindavan. It is the day when holika, the sister of hiranyakashiyapu was destroyed and the great devotee Prahlad was saved. The colours of Holi also signify the joy of spring denoting the onset of good fortunes. In earlier days, Holi was celebrated with the natural coloured powders traditionally made of neem, kumkum, haldi, bilva, and other medicinal herbs that had medicinal healing properties. Phalgun Uthiram is celebrated by different names throughtout India like Basantotsav in West Bengal, Phagwah in Bihar, Dolajātra in Orissa, Phakuwa in Assam, etc. Holi is known as 'Fagu purnima' in Nepal and celebrated in a grand manner.

Chandramana Ugadi  is celebrated as New Year in the Deccan areas of India which follow the lunar calendar. On this day, it is a custom to make ‘Ugadi Pachadi’ and the significance of ‘Ugadi Pachadi’ is immense as it indicates the essence of life. The dish includes all tastes (sweetness, bitterness, sour, salty, tangy, spicy, etc) teaching that life is a mixture of all emotions.
The nine day long festival of 'Vasanta Navratri' begins on this day and concludes on Rama Navami.

Important days this month:

Ekadashi: 24th Mar & 7th Apr
Panguni Uthiram: 28th March
Amavasai: 11th April
Ugadi: 12th April

SIS Tamizh New Year Celebrations

SIS is delighted to invite you all to virtual Tamil New Year celebrations (Pilava Varuda Pirappu Kondattangal) on the 17th of April 2021!
The event will be packed with number of exciting programmes and we request you all to block your calendars.
Further details will follow soon!


Upcoming Events in Panguni

Special Upanyasam on Sri Rama Vaibhavam

By Shri U.Ve. Akkarakani Srinidhi Swami

Time: Sat, Mar 27th at 2:00 PM

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Zoom meeting details: Please join by clicking Zoom - Sri Rama Vaibhavam Upanyasam
or,
by using Zoom meeting id: 861 4352 8560 and passcode: 1234

SIS April Satsang

Time: Sat, Apr 3rd at 3:00 PM

Zoom meeting details: Please join the Satsang
by clicking this link: April 2021 Satsang
or,
by using Zoom meeting id: 841 9340 8871 and passcode 1234

In keeping with the tradition of monthly Satsangs, April 2021 Satsang will be conducted online.

The Satsang will include reciting

  • Vishnu Sahasranaman and Mahalakshmi Ashtakam
  • Lalitha Sahasranaman
  • Bhajans
  • Hanuman Chalisa
  • Short spiritual talk

Please attend with your family and importantly involve the next generation.


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