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Puratasi Month 2020 – Importance of Purattasi Masam in Tamil Calendar in 2020

Purattasi Month is the sixth month in a traditional Tamil calendar and is of great importance. It is a highly auspicious month and is dedicated to Lord Venkateswara (Lord Vishnu). The Navaratri festival is also held in this month. Puratasi Month 2020 is from September 17 to October 16. Special pujas and prayers are observed on Saturdays in Puratasi month to please Shani Bhagavan. 

Special Rituals in The Month

Special prayers are offered at the Srirangam Ranganathaswamy Temple in Purattasi Month.

Another legend suggests that Lord Saneeswara (Shani) loses his powers in Puratasi month and so it is easy to escape his malefic influences.

Devotees of Lord Venkateswara take only a meal on Purattasi Saturdays. Some devotees only eat vegetarian food during the month.

Importance of Purattasi Masam in Tamil Calendar

Importance of Purattasi Month

Legend has it that Lord Venkateswara appeared on earth in Purattasi Masam. Lord Vishnu devotees consider Puratasi as the ideal month for thanking Lord Vishnu for preserving the Universe. Lord Vishnu is believed to do the job of preservation in Hinduism.

On Saturdays, Naamum, the two feet symbol of Lord Vishnu’s feet, is drawn on the forehead by males and women opt for a red dot. Hymns dedicated to Lord Vishnu are chanted on Saturdays.

Devotees in large number visit Lord Vishnu temples and special flags with Garuda emblem are hoisted in Vishnu temples.

Purattasi Padayal

Purattasi padayal is the food offerings to Lord Vishnu in the month. These dishes are considered favorites of Lord Vishnu.

The dishes prepare include:
  • Puliyogare - Tamarind rice which is sweet and sour with cashew nuts.
  • Sakkarai Pongal - Sweet rice dish made from moong dal, ghee,  jaggery, cardamom and cashew nuts.
  • Ven Pongal - Savoury version of sakkarai pongal made using moong dal, ghee, peppercorns and cashew nuts.
  • Thayir Sadam - Rice mixed with curd and tempered with mustard, curry leaves and red chillies, garnished with pomegranate seeds.
  • Black gram/Kabuli chana Sundal - Boiled chana tempered with mustard, asafoetida, curry leaves and green chillies mixed with grated fresh coconut.
  • Medu/Ulundu Vadai - Crispy fluffy deep fried savoury doughnuts made from urad dal. Served along with sambar and coconut chutney.

Important Festivals - Rituals - Fasting Dates in Puratasi 2020

Ekadasi dates in Puratassi Masam are on September 27 and October 13

Shiva Pradosham dates are on September 29 and October 14.

Pillayar Sankatahara Chaturthi is on September 17 and October 17 (Ganesh Sankashti Chaturthi)

Purattasi Amavasya is on September 17 and October 16

Muruga Sashti Fasting is on September 22

Purattasi Pournami is on October 1

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