Pavai Nonbu or Margali Nombu in Tamil Margazhi Month or Margali Masam

Pavai Nonbu, also known as Margali Nombu, is observed in the Tamil month of Margali or Margazhi masam. Pavai Nonbu 2011 begins on December 16, 2011 and ends on January 14, 2011. The popular belief is that Andal performed Pavai Nonbu to merge with Sri Ranganatha (Lord Vishnu). Pavai Nonbu is performed by women to get good husbands and for peace and prosperity.

The history of Pavai Nonbu is more than 2000 years old and is mentioned in the early Tamil scriptures. The ritual is observed on all the days in the Margazhi Masam.

Young women and girls undertaking Pavai Nonbu during Margazhi masam take bath in the early morning hours and visit temples and read a verse from Thiruppavai composed by Andal.

Legend has it that Gopis in the Vrindavan performed a ritual similar to Pavai nombu to get Lord Krishna as their husband. Women and girls observing Pavai Nombu 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.