Significance of Panguni Uthiram Festival
On the day of Panguni Uthiram in March/April, a full moon transits through the star Uttara-phalguni. A full moon day coinciding with the day of Uttara Palguni or Uthiram star in the twelfth month of Hindu calendar, Phalgun or Paguni is an auspicious time. Panguni Uthiram is an indication from the Divine:
According to Hinduism, Grihasthya or a household life is a phase through which everyone should fulfill their duties of maintaining a household as a family person. A family person is expected to get married and rear their children and then move towards the path of liberation. Panguni Uthiram is the day that teaches us the significance of relationships in our lives. Without relationships our society would cease to have stable family life which is the breeding ground for our children and our next generation. It is an indication from the Divine that Weddings are sacred bonding between a man and woman, an initiation into the Grihastha that is meant to sanctify growth of progeny.
Invoke the Blessings of the Divine Couples on Panguni Uthiram to Overcome Conflicts in Relationships
Divine Weddings are conducted in the temples
The Gods and Goddesses such as Parvati and Shiva, Devasena and Murugan, Andal and Ranganath and Sita and Rama are said to celebrate this day as their wedding day. On this day, Goddess Mahalakshmi is also said to have incarnated on the Earth from the ocean of milk. This occasion is a festival when devotees in Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Kerala become a part of the rituals in the temples. Murugan Temple of Palani, Aiyyappa temple of Sabarimala in Kerala, Kapaleshwar temple of Chennai, Mangaleshwara temple in Trichy, Sri Ranganatha temple in Srirangam, Uthiran star temple Mangalambigai Sametha Mangalyeswarar Koil at Edaiyathumangalam are some of the temples where rituals of Divine marriages are conducted on this day. A 10-day festival is held in the temples of Thiruparangundram, Mylapore in Chennai and Palani temples. Panguni Uthiram marks the beginning of good relationships:
Panguni Uthiram is also the day that can correct the problems in relationships. Instances of Divine weddings demonstrate that marriages on earth are Divine will and sanctified by them. Whether you are not yet married or already into a relationship, you can seek the help of the Divine couples to listen to your worries and help you find a way out of troubles. By being present in their wedding ceremonies and tuning into the Divine mood, you can connect with the higher consciousness and acquire better intelligence to understand your life. Prayer to the Divine couples at this time is important for bringing good vibrations into relationships. So you will see relationship miracles taking place when you are very conscious about this time frame and connect with the divine in order to facilitate a very fulfilling and productive, fruitful relationship
Celebration at the Murugan temples
Devotees of Lord Muruga pierce their bodies with needles and spikes as a sign of their devotion to the Lord. Some of the devotees carry bamboo pole called kavadi, they carry pots of holy water, or milk, even flowers with kavadis as a ritual of praying to God and sending a strong message to Lord Muruga for their prayer to be answered.(source: astroved.com)
Vel Vel Vetri Vel!
Om Saravana Bhava!