Sunday, December 16, 2007

Margazhi begins

Thirupppavai 4th song is here
Surprisingly rather shockingly, I was awake since 4.30 am and did not know what to do this morning.

"Today is probably the first day of margazhi (dhanur)!!!"- that's how I got up from bed unusually (unlike switching the alarm snooze atleast 3-4 times and sleeping).

Yeh, it's dhanur maadha pirappu!! Probably, it's HIS wish and arul to do that.

Have you heard of the phrase " avan arulaal avan thaal vanangi (அவன் அருளால் அவன் தாள் வணங்கி". (I have forgotten who said this). This means you need his blessing to even pray him- Adhu dhaan pola irukku!!

About Margazhi:

Lord Krishna has said in Bhagavat geetha that " In the 12 months, I am Margazhi". What else to describe after that!!!
Listen to thiruppavai by sudha ragunathan here:
Part 1
http://www.raaga.com/channels/carnatic/movie/CL00079.html
Part 2
http://www.raaga.com/channels/carnatic/movie/CL00080.html

To know more about margazhi, read this message Courtesy:http://groups.google.com/group/tamilcommunity/browse_thread/thread/b7f0e845075e09f7

The greatness of Margazhi month

The Yugam, in which presently we are living, is called as "Kali Yugam". Other than this Kali Yugam, there are 3 Yugams that we have crossed and they are Kretha, Thretha and Dwapara Yugam. In all these 3 yugams, Sriman Narayanan has taken lots of Avatharams (incarnations) to protect the Dharmam against Adharmam (evil) and protect the life of his bhaktas. Margazhi (from mid decembre to mid january ) brings the spring season.

The month of Margazhi which is supposed to be sacred from all aspects. Thus it's rendered to the god himself in aim of attaining prosperity and blessings, hoping god showers with all good luck. The very objective this month is to get together and offer the prayers, he will surely listens to it. How to go about it? Generally Brahma Muhurtham is considered to be good time perform pooja. Early morning on all 30 days Margazhi between 4.00 am to 6.00 am is beneficial for human being while the whole Margazhi the Brahma Muhurtham for DEVAS. The Tamil month of Margazhi is of great importance because Lord Krishna says in the Bhagavad Gita that he is Margazhi among the twelve months.

In this month, there are many programmes for SriVaishnavas in particular.

On all the thirty days of this month, Tirupavai Pasurams will be rendered in the early morning in all temples and houses. Adhyayana Utsavam for 21 days (10+10+1) will also be held during this month by rendering holy scriptures (Four thousand Divya Prabhandam Pasurams) at 108 Divya Desam including Sri Rangam and many other Vaishnava Sthalams.

The famous Vaikunda Ekadasi also will be celebrated in the early hours of the Tenth day of Adhyayana Utsavam the people will join with Lord in proceeding Symbolically to Swargham and on this Swargavasal will be opened in all temples. Lakhs of people gather on 3rd January 2004, the Vaikunta Ekadesi day in Sri Rangam, Tirupathi, Thiruvallikeni. Kanchi, Srivilliputhur, Brindavan and in many other temples. Saivites will celebrate Arudhara Dharshan. In Srivilliputhur, there will be "Piriya Vidai and Sri Andal Neerattu Utsavam" and followed by Sri Andal Thirukkalyanam on Bhogi Day". The Proverb in Tamil says that "Thai Piranthal Vazhi Pirakkum".

On completion of Margazhi and commencement of Thai, there would be better future and there is a way for happiness and good omens. On Bhogi day, people not only cleans the houses, burn the old things and but also purifies from bad things & thoughts or situation by rendering prayers. Elders and music lovers also visit to the Sabhas in the evening to listen music, attend dance programmes and other cultural activities throughout Margazhi. This month is familiarly known as Margazhi Maha Festival. All musicians, Vocalists and dozens of singers will gather together at Thiruvayaru and render Keerthanas of SriThiyagarajar.
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8 comments:

Anonymous said...

Interestingly, if Krishna himself is Margazhi, appo en "Thai pirandhaan vazhi pirakkum"? - probably to say, indha Margazhi muzhukka ozhunga kadavula prarthanai pannina, the month is special that 30 naaliyae palan kidaikkum, thai pirandha udanae? Just thinking out aloud I guess.

Priya said...

exactly anon.!!

Margazhi is devoted to praying God 'Lord Vishnu'- vishnu meaning the 'ominipresent'. In this month, we wholeheartedly spend time in praying and not involve in any festive activity like weddings or functions. Such focussed prayers start fetching goodness asap -right after margazhi.

Also, devas are thought to perform prayers althroughout margazhi esp. during brahmamuhurtham. So, that is why all the poojas and events are done in all temples even before 6.00am.

Probably, that is why, men do bhajans on the roads and women draw kolams during early mornings.

Also, the scientific reasoning that is given is , the ozone layer comes at the lower level during such early morning time in this month.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the explanation Ms. Priya. Isn't ozone harmful when inhaled?

TJ said...

"avan arulale avan thaazh vanangi" is manickavasagar in sivapuranam.

"Maasanam Margaseershoham, ritunaam kusumakaraha" is vibhoothiyogam in bhagawad gita. verses starting from "Hantathekathayishyam dhivyahyatham vibhoothayaha" describes His vibhoothi. even after this Parthan is not able to comprehend Him, so the next yogam is vishwaroopa darshanam where He shows who He is visually.

Margazhi is as important to shaivam as to vaishnavam. Thiruvempai and Thirupalli ezhuchi along side Tiruppavai. Tiruvadhirai, full moonday in margazhi, that is tomorrow, is most auspicious for Smarthas.

Priya said...

thanks tj
mothalla manikavasagarnnu sonnadhukku..
and next for sharing abt geetha and how margazhi is important for shaivaites..

finding thyself said...

Amazing blogs and posts!!!
I thought tamil and spiritualism did not appeal to the young generation.You have proved that wrong!! Kudos to your inquisitive spirit and carry on the good work!!

I am sure you have His blessings!

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aanandam said...

Spi(ritual)has become a ritual for many.
Even though there is only one GOD which manifested has everything in the universe but people are following different religious faiths along with the faithless.
God has manifested as matter and the energy
Matter may be of anything
Energy can take any form to activate the matter or to deactivate it.
According to truth the GOD is residing in all in the form of life energy which is very subtle and the outer form we see is liable to changes.
People who are taking the outer form as real are folowing the unreal which land them into ignorance .
Those who realise that the the GOD resides in them see GOD everywhere and in everything alone get freedom from cycle of births and deaths,pleasure and pain.