About Tamil Margazhi Month - Margali Masam

The Tamil month Margazhi (December – January) is of great spiritual significance and the importance can be gauged from the fact that Lord Krishna in the Bhagavad Gita says “Among the twelve months, I am Margazhi.” This year, Margazhi begins December 16, 2013 and ends on January 14, 2014.

Rendering of the Tiruppavai of Andal is the most important event in the month. Tiruppavai consists of 30 verses and a verse is chanted on each day of Margazhi. Another major highlight in the month is the drawing of kolams (rangoli). The month is also noted for the numerous music concerts held by various organizations and communities.

The most important festival in the month is the Vaikunta Ekadasi. The month is also of great significance in the Srirangam Sri Ranganatha Temple. Apart from theVaikunta Ekadasi, the Srirangam temple during the month witnesses the Pagal pathu and rapathu – the chanting of Tiruvaimozhi.

Tiruvaimozhi consists of 4000 verses and extols the glory of Lord Narayana. The first 1000 verses of Tiruvaimozhi are rendered during the 10 days prior to Vaikunta Ekadasi and this period is known as ‘Pagal Pathu.’ Beginning from Vaikunta Ekadasi for ten days, the next three thousand verses of Tiruvaimozhi are recited and this period is known as rapathu or Irappathu.

Other important festivals in the month include Arudra Darshan, Hanumanth Jayanti and the culmination of pilgrimage season at Sabarimala Ayyappa Temple.