Margazhi

The month of margazhi is also called Dhanur mAsa (month) or mArgashIrsha month.  This is the ninth month of the Indian lunisolar calendar.  Many festivals, such as Ardra darshanam, vaikunta ekadasi are celebrated during this month.  The month of margazhi extends roughly from the middle of December to the middle of January in the Gregorian calendar.

The month of margazhi is devoted to spiritual contemplation.  For the celestial Devas, one full celestial day is defined as one human year.  Six months of a human year, when the sun travels north, also called uttarAyana (uttara + ayana - travelling North), is considered daytime for the devas and the following six months, when the sun travels south, also called dakshinAyana (dakshina + ayana - travelling south) is the nighttime for the devas.  This month of margazhi is considered to the time period at the end of the celestial night, just before the beginning of a new celestial day.  This auspicious celestial time is considered to be the brahmamuhurtham - the time when the body and the soul is ready to focus and refresh our bond with the Eternal God.

On all the days of the month of margazhi, devotees read sacred texts, sing bhajans and seek darshan in temples.  At the least, as far back as the sangam period - about 2300 years back, there was a tradition followed by young girls during this month of Margazhi called  ‘pavai nonbu’ (austerities).  In the pavai nonbu, also called margazhi nonbu,  the girls wake up early in the morning.  They bathe in the nearby ponds and rivers.  Having cleansed themselves body and mind, they proceed to the temple to pray.  These devotees encourage and help each other in their spiritual journey.

Two great devotional compositions - Thiruppavai, composed by Andal and Thiruvempavai, composed by Manikkavasagar -  beautifully use this ancient tradition of pavai nonbu as a backdrop to bring home the message of devotion and bakthi to bring us closer to God.

Let us continue this tradition by singing these compositions everyday in this month of margazhi.

 

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In our day to day lives, we express our bhakti (devotion) by reciting slokas in praise of Bhagavan.  Slokas explain to us the philosophy of dharma.  We believe that the power of reciting any sloka is enhanced when one understands the meaning of the verse in the correct context.  In this series, we bring you well researched meaning of the verses to start your journey towards the goal of understanding the slokas.

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