The start of the Dhanurmasam is marked by the entry of the Sun in the Dhanur Rashi (Sagittarius) called the Dhanuh Sankramana; hence it is considered as Dhanurmasam. During this month, the sun (Surya) enters the Dhanur Rasi and stays for a month. This month ends on the day of Bhogi, just a day before Sankranti or Makara Sankranti.
Old Hindu scriptures have set apart this month to be completely focused on devotional activities. Other non-devotional activities (such as weddings, purchase of property etc.) are prohibited during this month so that attention can be given exclusively to the worship of God without any diversions. In South India, especially the Vaikunta Ekadasi, which falls during Dhanur Mas, attracts thousands of devotees. Temples conduct special pujas during this period.
Dhanurmasam is a very auspicious month for Vaishnavites. Special rituals and poojas are preformed to seek the blessings of Lord Vishnu.
Worshiping Vishnu on a single day during this auspicious period is equal to worshiping Vishnu with devotion for 1000 years. Every single step taken towards the nearby lake, river etc., for morning dip during this month brings forth merit equal to performing an Ashvamedha Yaga.
Dhanurmasam The Auspicious Month:
It is a belief in the Hindu tradition that any prayers that are offered to the God during the Brahma Muhurtam or early morning before sun rise gives you high virtue. The timing itself is called as Brahma Muhurtam. This timing would help the devotee to concentrate on his God thereby helping him to get closer to the Lord.
For Gods, 6 months of the year is equal to day (Uttarayana) and another six months are considered to be night(Dakshinayana). Dhanurmasam is the final month on which the night for the Gods ends or it is the Brahma Muhurat time for Gods. So worshipping the God on this timing is considered auspicious. Hence devotees would consider the month of Dhanurmasa the Brahma Muhurat timing for Gods to be Sacred and auspicious.
Reciting Tiruppavai, offering of flowers to Lord Vishnu and complete Surrender to Lord Vishnu are the three important activities that are observed by the Devotees of Lord Vishnu. Unmarried girls would place Gobbillu (or Gobbemma – Cow dung decorated with flowers) in front of the house on the Rangolis.
Tiruppaavai (Tiru means Sacred and Pavai means Vrat) is believed that Goddess Goda Devi had written the Tiruppaavai in an old Tamil poetry writing style called as Paavai. Goddess Godadevi is also known by the name of Andal. The story of Goda Devi could be read “Dhanurmas Vrat Katha”.
It is a ritual to clean the houses before sunrise. Water mixed with cow dung is sprinkled in front of the house and Rangoli would be made on it.
Gobbemma or Gobbillu are considered as incarnation of Goddess Gauri.
Vrathas During Dhanurmasam:
· Dhanurmasa Vratham
· Katyayini Vratham
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