Significance of Dhanurmasam in Hindu calendar

by Chandra Sekhar Sharma


Posted on 12/16/2019 1:46:57 AM


Dhanurmasam is a month considered to be very auspicious for worshipping God Mahavishnu. The Dhanurmas starts usually around 14–16 December and extends up to the mid of January (14 -15). In this dhanurmasam in tirumala they have chanting tiruppavai instead of suprabhatam and usage of maredu dalas instead of tulasi dalas can be observed.

                           Dhanurmasam is a month considered to be very auspicious for worshipping God Mahavishnu. During dhanurmasam, Andal or Goda Devi, one of the 12 vaishnava Alvars, worshipped God with true devotion and utter love and married Him on the culminating Bhogi festival day(the final day of dhanurmasam).The Dhanurmas starts usually around 14–16 December and extends up to the mid of January (14 -15) . This period ends with the Makar Sankranti – the end of dakshinayana mostly occurs during the Pausha month of the Hindu Lunar calendar .(Hindu lunar calendar months Margashirsha-Pausha).
                              The start of the Dhanurmas is marked by the entry of the Sun in the Dhanur Rasi (Saggitarius); this is called Dhanuh Sankramana. During this month, the sun transits the Dhanur Rasi and enters the Makara Rashi at the end of this month. The period when the sun starts moving northward from the Tropic of Capricorn to the Tropic of Cancer is called uttaraayana. In this dhanurmasam in tirumala they have chanting  tiruppavai instead of suprabhatam and usage of  maredu dalas instead of tulasi dalas can be observed.

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Chandra sekhar sharma