Dhanurmas - begins on December 17, and ends on January 14, Dhanur Masam is considered inauspicious in some regions. Only prayers and godly functions are performed during the period. The importance of Dhanurmasam is mentioned in the Dhanurmasa Mahatmya of Pancharatragama, Agneya Purana and also in a scripture called Smruti Muktavali. Worship of Lord Vishnu during the morning hours in Dhanurmasa is considered highly auspicious. Vishnu Sahasranama is chanted during the period.
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Danurmasa is considered as inauspicious to do any good things other than Godly functions. Worshipping of Lord Vishnu during the early morning hours in Dhanurmasa is considered highly auspicious. Vishnu Sahasranama is chanted during the period. According to the reports DhanurMasa is not an independent month in any Indian calendar except for the Malayalam calendar followed in Kerala — in this calendar the month during the period is known as Dhanu Masam.
It is also known as Dhanur masa since during this month the sun transits through Dhanur rasi Sagittarius. Vedas and agamas say mornings in this month are ideal for worship of the Lord. Krishna underlines its special nature by saying in Bhagavad Gita that among months he is Mrigasirsha. In temples all over India during this month there is special pre-dawn worship.
Since this month is set apart for worship, marriages and other such functions are not performed in Dhanur masam. Apart from the worship in the Siva temple, there is a celebration in the houses. Lord Shiva represents the complete cyclic process of generation, destruction and regeneration.
Shiva represents stillness in the form of Dakshinamurthy. It is said that it was from his dance that the science of language was born. The small drum 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.
This is called Ar u dra Darshan. The grace of this dance symbolizes the five divine acts — creation, sustenance, dissolution, concealment and bestowal of grace. In this a deep understanding of the universe is hidden. The puja performed during the entire month of mArgashIrSha before sUryodayam sunrise at the Usha kalam for Maha Vishnu, with abhiShekam and tulasI archana, offering in nivedanam pongal prepared using payattam paruppu greengram dhal would bring welfare with all the doShas cured, for the village, the creatures and animals and people living in that area.
Thus the dhanur masa puja is done in all the temples for the welfare of the people at dawn time during the margashirsha month. In addition, people also perform such pujas in their homes.
When the sun is in the dhanur rasi, Sri Vishnu puja done during the Usha kalam for a single day could obtain the fruits of doing puja for a thousand years. One year is One day for the Gods and Margasira is the Brahma muhurat in this — this is the 96 minutes before sunrise and this is the period which increases the godliness in a person. Hence this is the time to perform Tiruppavai — Shree Vratam. Shree Vratam was performed between the two full moon days of margasira and pushyami.
On these two days the moon is full. The between phase has the moon waning and waxing. It symbolizes the life of a man. The godliness in a man wanes away from him till he realizes and gets close t o it. Tiruppavai or Shri Vratam is to keep this godliness in one forever. There is an importance of doing this ritual in the month of Margasira.
Margam means a way, and seersham means head and best. The best way for a man is realizing his real self. It is Him that makes us and haves us. This is the concept of Upanishads.
Margashirsha ritual is the one which emphasizes on the belief that - He is the way and no other way is a real way. Hence it means the way and the result is that of the Lord. Hence it is also called the Dhanurmasam Ritual.
Usually this maasa will be observed during Dec16, 17th to January 14, 15th. During this month, the sun transits the Dhanur Rasi until it enters the Makara Rashi during the end of this month on the Makara Sankranthi day. As such, we have to get up early in the morning and do snaana, ahneeka, sandhyavandana, devarapooja, vaishwadeva, agnikarya for brahmacharis , and Madhyahnika before Sunrise.
Further, it is as per the orders of Srihari that we have to wake up early in the morning to all the rituals. It is considered as the best. Pooja that finishes after the stars have vanished, but before sunrise, is considered as Medium, whereas pooja that completed after sunrise is inferior. Puja performed in the afternoon is practically useless. We have to do the pooja and naivedya atleast 96 minutes before sunrise. Story Behind Dhanur masam:- Once, on the eve of dakshinaayana, the celestials assembled on the peaks of Mountain Meru and prayed to the Upendra form of Lord Vishnu.
Then Ratri devi, the patron deity of night and dakshinaayana, took on the form of a beautiful damsel and prostrated before the Lord. Nobody performs any good deeds in that period. I am universally reviled. I will undertake penance to obtain your grace. The assembled celestials concurred and pleaded her case before the Lord. Out of these, the first two seasons shall be deemed to dear to me.
Within these 2 seasons consisting of four months, there shall be a hierarchy in which kartika shall be the dearest, followed by Ashvija, Bhadrapada and finally shravana. All pious and meritorious acts performed in these four months shall yield immense benefits. From then on, these fours months became special in the Hindu calendar. The last portion of the night i. They decree that this is the best time for humans to wake up and start performing their prescribed religious activities like sandhyavandane, chanting of mantras etc.
The same injunctions hold true for the nighttime of the celestials also. Here, their special time starts with Margashirsha shukla Ekadashi the eleventh day in the bright half of the lunar month of Margashira and extends upto the end of dakshinaayana. It is said that the celestials wake up at this time and perform special prayers to the Lord. Our shastras decree that during dhanur maasa, humans too should wake up at the brahma muhurta and perform puja to the Lord.
People failing to do so will be cursed with leprosy and dire poverty for 7 lives while those following these injunctions will be specially blessed with health, wealth, happiness and the good fortune of being a pious Vaishnavite in all seven lives.
It should be remembered that puja to the Lord should be performed every single day during the dhanur maasa. Thiruvathira is being celebrated for ages now but there is no clear theory about the origin of the festival. There are numerous myths associated with this thiruvadhira fast.
But the origin of this festival is obscure. Some legends says that it is the birthday of Lord Shiva. Some legends says that Lord Shiva merged all nine powers into him before initiation of creation, on this day. Therefore, it is the holy day of marriage of God Shiva and Goddess Parvathi. Some legends say that it is the day when Kamadeva, the mythological God of love was reborn.
He burnt to ashes in the fatal flames of fire from the third eye of Lord Siva. The Lord pardoned him, on request of Sree Parvati and Rathidevi, later. Women and girls observing pavai nonbu woke before sunrise, bathed in the Kalindi river and made an image of Goddess Katyayani with the clay found on the river bank and offered prayers to the Goddess to get good husbands. It is also believed that Andal, one of the twelve Alwars, on the advice of her father, Perialwar, performed pavai nonbu to merge with Sri Ranganatha [Lord Vishnu].
The story of this was sung by Godadevi in the form of Tiruppavai pasuras meaning Auspicious Songs. As a result she found her Sri Ranganatha swamy Lord Vishnu. Today women and girls undertaking pavai nonbu during Margazhi take a bath in the morning, draw big rangolis and keep a pumpkin flower with a little dung as a holder, light oil lamps in front of their houses.
Vishnu Chitta was born in the family of Vishnu Vahana — Garutmantha. He was one of the 12 alwars. He found a baby, the incarnation of Goddess Lakshmi, in the garden of Tulasi. Kodai used to prepare the garlands that her father carried to the temple to decorate the Lord. Once she prepared the garland, she would adorn them herself to see if they look beautiful, then used to give them to her father for offering.
Unawares of this Vishnu chitta used to offer them to the Lord. One day when he found some hair in the garland, he realizes the reason and worries about the innocent folly committed. But that night the Lord appears in his dream and tells him he prefers to be offered with those garlands worn by Kodai. When Goda decided to perform the vratam followed by Gopikas to get the blessing of Lord Krishna, she converted villiputtoor into Vrindavan.
She resolved that she was the first beloved of the Lord and yet born on that day as a human and suffering from his separation, and hence she will considered the other women as the Gopikas and perform the vrata. During the vratam, she sang on pasuram on one day — for 30 days. First they prayed to the doorkeepers of NandaGopa.
Then they invoke Devi yashoda, nanda raj, bala Rama, Srikrishna with his wife Neela. They offered Him the auspicious throne. They prayed that they be granted all the required items to complete the pooja. Goda wished in her mind that as a result of the vratam she should be able to eat the ghee filled payasam along with the Lord. In later days, Sri Ramanujaachri made this vratam popular and gained the name — Godaagrajulu.
Women who wish to get married to the man they love perform this vratam during the Dhanurmasam month.
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