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Concept & Significance of Dhanurmasa

Concept & Significance of Dhanurmasa

There are two types of calendars that are followed in the Hinfu religion– the Solar Calendar known as Sauramana and the Lunar calendar known as Chaandramana. In the Solar Calendar, the months derive their names based on the transit of the Sun in a particular zodiac sign. In the Lunar calendar, it is based on the constellation (Nakshatra) occurring during the full moon day (Pournami). The period between two successive solar transits (sankramana) or the time taken by the Sun to pass through a zodiac sign is known as a Solar month. Accordingly, when the Sun transits into Sagittarius (Dhanus Raasi), that month is denoted as Dhanurmasam. It marks the entry of the Sun into Dhanus raasi, known as Dhanus Sankramana, which generally occurs around the middle of the winter month of December. Dhanurmasam generally occurs in between the two lunar months of Margasira and Pushya. As per the English calendar, Dhanurmasam generally starts on December 16th and ends on January 13th or 14th on the day of the Bhogi festival. It is the ninth month of the zodiac starting from Aries (Mesha raasi) and is the last month before the onset of Uttarayana.

Dhanurmasam has acquired a unique significance of auspiciousness in the Hindu spiritual calendar for devotional activities, especially for worshipping Lord Sri Maha Vishnu. Lord Vishnu should be worshipped during the early hours of the day, before sunrise, a time known as Arunodaya Kaala. In this month, one is expected to perform pooja rituals during the auspicious Brahmi Muhurtha which is approximately two hours before the Sunrise when the stars are still twinkling in the sky. During Dhanurmasam, a special dish known as Huggi (Mudganna) is prepared with equal portions of Rice and Moong dal, and is offered to Lord Sri Maha Vishnu as Naivedya.
In Tirumala, the abode of Lord Sri Venkateswara, we find the priests reciting Tiruppavai a celestial song composed by Sri Godadevi (Aandaal) an ardent devotee of Lord Sri Krishna, instead of the regular Suprabhatham. At Tirumala
temple Lord Venkateshwara is worshipped daily with Bilva leaves during Dhanurmasam. It is highly meritorious to recite Sri Vishnu Sahasranama Sthothram, Purusha Sooktham, Sri Vishnu Sooktham and Narayana Upanishad during this auspicious period of Dhanurmasam. Worshipping Goddess Sri Maha Lakshmi along with Lord Vishnu is also prescribed during Dhanurmasam.
Sukla paksha Ekadasi thithi which falls during Dhanurmasam is revered as Vaikunta Ekadasi or Mukkoti Ekadasi – the most auspicious day to worship Lord Sri Maha Vishnu. During Dhanurmasa, Vyatheepatha yoga is prominent, and it is said that any Pithru karya or respectful charity towards one’s Pithrus on this day is considered to be highly meritorious.
As per Sri Venkatachala Mahatmya, it is said that taking a bath in Sri Swami Pushkarini Theertha at Tirumala on the day of Sukla Dwadasi in the month of Dhanurmasam during Arunodaya time is considered highly sacred. It is said that on this day, more than three crores of sacred theerthas in the entire Bhoomandala will enter into Sri Swami Pushkarini. Taking a bath in Swami Pushkarini is considered equivalent to taking a bath in all the three crores of sacred theerthas. It is revered as Sri Swami Pushkarini Theertha Koti day in the almanac of Tirumala temple.
Considering the superior sacredness and spirituality attached to the Dhanurmasam, auspicious functions like Marriage, Gruha Pravesam etc. are not generally performed during this month. It is only to give more focus and attention to the Divine worship.

Why is Arunodaya time prescribed for worshipping the Lord during Dhanurmasam?

As per the concept of Hindu time element, it is said that one day for Devathas is equal to one human year comprising 6 months of Uttarayana and 6 months of Dakshinayana. That means Uttarayana is the day time and Dakshinayana is the night time for devathas. Accordingly, one human month is equal to two hours for Deities. The period of Dhanurmasam falling at the far end of Dakshinayana indicates the last leg of the night time for Devathas (Arunodaya) when they worship Lord SriHari. Hence, it is befitting for human beings also to worship Lord Sri Maha Vishnu at a time that coincides with the Arunodaya Kaala for Devathas. This auspicious period is known as Arunodaya or Brahmi Muhurtha. Any worship conducted during Arunodaya time is said to
be of the highest quality, and yields excellent results. It is said that worshipping Lord Sri Maha Vishnu during this auspicious and sacred period of Dhanurmasam even for a single day is equivalent to worshipping the Lord for 1000 years. In Hindu philosophy, a specific time measure is set and prescribed for everything according to the concept of the time element. It specifies the unique significance given to the month, day, thithi, Nakshatra, etc. in the Hindu religion. Therefore, performing the right deeds at the right time and seeking Divine blessings yields higher results.

Checklist for Dhanurmasam

  • Worship Lord Sri ManNarayana and Goddess Lakshmi Devi
  • Perform pooja rituals during Arunodaya time (two hours before Sunrise)
  • Offer Huggi as Naivedya to the Lord, adding Shunti
  •  Recite Sri Vishnu Sahasra Nama Sthothram + Purusha Sooktham
  • Observe fasting on Vaikunta Ekadasi day
  • Perform Pithru Karya on the day of Dhanur Vyatheepatha yoga
  • Avoid performing functions like marriage, etc.

Dussehra2019

Sri Sivakameswari Navaratri Utsavas

From sep 29th 2019 – Oct 7th, 2019

Bala

Sep 29th

Gayatri

Sept 30th

Annapoorna

Oct 1st

Lalita

Oct 2nd

Lakshmi

Oct 3rd

Saraswati

Oct 4th

Durga

Oct 5th

Mahishasura Mardini

Oct 6th

Siva Kameswari

Oct 7th

Please see each day Alankaram (Shringar) and names of the Goddesses.

All are invited
On Sep 29th, 2019, Sunday, 8:00 AM-10:00 AM
108 Suvasini puja and Deekshadharana

(Sumangalis will be worshipped in the form of divine mother and given initiation mantra for the 9 days puja)
Siva kameswari temple is inviting all 108 Sumangalis (Suvaasinis) to register for the ‘Samoohika Suvaasini (Sumangali) Pooja’ and ‘Deeksha dhaarana’ and perform Kumkum archana during Navaratri (all 9 days). It is a no-fee event completely sponsored by temple. Registrations are on a first come first basis due to limited availability. Please sign up using the form below. ForNavaratri event program details, refer to flyer below or website sivakameswari.org
Kindly contact Sharma Samavedula@ (512) 633 7999 for any related questions.

Register Now for the ‘Samoohika Suvaasini (Sumangali) Pooja’

Daily Morning

Nitya puja 9:30AM – 10:30 AM
Lalita Astottaram Archana Daily Chandi Parayana
(Chanting of Durgapatha, Devi Mahatmyam) 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM
Gain the means to fight obstacles and receive an abundance of wealth and advancement in various matters.)

Daily Evening

Daily Navavarana Archana and Nitya Suvasini Puja & Kanya puja
3:00 – 7:30 PM

(Sri Chakra Puja For enlightenment and blessings of the highest form of the divine mother)
By Sri Chakreswari Mission (Sri T.V. Krishnamurthy)

Daily cultural programs from 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM

(Lalita Sahasra Nama Group Chanting) 7:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Daily Samoohika Kumkumarchana to Godess Sri Siva Kameswari by all devotees
( it’s a participatory puja by everyone For prosperity and happiness in the family)

Aarati and veda swasti 8:30 PM followed by Dinner prasad

Special pujas and programs

Oct 4th ,2019 Friday 9:00 PM- 11:00 PM

(Garba is a Gujarati folk dance celebrated in Navaratri Praising the Goddess)

Oct 5th, 2019 Saturday 10:00 AM

Samoohika Vidyarthi-Saraswati Puja for Students (Free)
(For success in academics)

4:00 PM (Durgashtami) -Chandi Homam/Havan

Gain the means to fight obstacles and receive abundance of wealth and advancement in various matters.

9:00 PM – 11:00 PM **“Maata ki Chowki”
(To be blessed by the Goddess with abundance of happiness and prosperity in one’s life)

Oct 6th, 2019 Sunday 6:30 PM 7:30 PM
Sahasra Deepalankara Seva to The Godess

(Decorating with 1008 Ghee lamps to the Goddess)
NOTE: Temple will be open all day for all the nine days from morning
7:30 Am to 10:00 PM 
NOTE: Dinner Prasad will be served daily after Aarti.

Please see each day Alankaram (Shringar) and names of the Goddesses.

Date & Day Alankaram(Shringar)
Sep 29th,2019 Sunday, Day 1 Bala Tripura Sundari
Sep 30th,2019 Monday, Day2 Gayatri Devi
Oct 1st, 2019 Tuesday, Day 3 Annapoorna Devi
Oct 2nd, 2019 Wednesday Day 4 Lalita Tripura Sunadari Devi
Oct 3rd ,2019 Thursday Day 5 Shashti Maha Lakshmi Devi
Oct 4th.2019 Friday Day 6 Saptami Saraswati (Devi)
Oct 5th ,2019 Saturday Day 7 Ashtami Durga Devi
Oct 6th, 2019 Sunday Day 8 Navami Mahishasura Mardini Devi
Oct 7th ,2019 Monday Day 9 Vijaya Dashami Sri Siva Kameswari Devi

Vara Maha Lakshmi Vratam

Virtual Samoohika Sravana Vara Maha Lakshmi Vratam

For Health, Wealth, & Prosperity. on 31st July, Friday 2020

Sri Vara Maha Lakshmi Pooja will be done by our Temple Priests to the main Deity at the Temple simultaneously along with you, while you are doing your Pooja at your home virtually. (You will be sent Pooja participation link to join the session.)
Registration fees: $54.00/-

Siva Kameswari Temple invites you all to celebrate this special day in a very special way. Due to the current Covid-19 (Corona Virus) conditions, everyone can celebrate by participating in our Samoohika Sravana Vara Maha Laskmi Vratam virtually from the comfort of your home, staying safe and healthy at the same time and still be part of this grand event. Upon receiving your confirmation after registering for this event, Pooja Participants be given meeting links for you to able to join the session of your choice.

This event is being conducted in two sessions to accommodate as many participants as possible. Participants will be guided at every step by ourTemple   Priests.

Contact Information: Pundit Sharma Samavedula,

Phone: 512 633 7999/949 899 3471/949 542 2667. cs@sivakameswari.org .

Pooja preparation: 

  1. Clean the front porch, decorate with Rangoli and tie floral, mango leaves garlands to the front archway/door of your home.
  2. Clean the house and pick an ideal spot (preferably East, North East corner) for setting up the Altar.
  3. Altar – Decorate the Altar to the best of your ability. Set up Divine mother with a Devi face mask, draped with a new saree (optional) or a picture frame, a separate Kalash, a pair of Lamps one filled with Ghee and another one oil, cotton wicks, match box, and Aarti plate with camphor or wicks decorated with flowers ready.
  4. Pooja Items needed – Have all of the following Pooja items ready: Couple of Large thalis, Haldi, Kumkuma, Akshintas, ripe bananas, and some other additional fruits of your choice, flowers and flowers garlands, Beetle leaves, nuts, currency coins and bills for dakshina, Incense sticks, 2Coconuts, 1 blouse piece soaked chana cleaned and drained in a bowl, sandalwood powder, ready.
  5. Turmeric Ganesha – Fill a small container filled with white rice covered a beetel leaf on top. Take about 2 small teaspoonfuls of turmeric powder add little water and knead it to a soft dough and with your fingers shape it a small conical shaped turmeric Ganesha and seat this Ganesha on the beetle leaf. You may also use a flower, or a small piece of banana leaf, if you do not have beetle leaf. Apply a small vermillion dot as ‘bindi’ to this Turmeric Ganesha.
  6. Thorams (sacred knotted wrist tie) – As an important part of this Pooja, a special sacred strand called is worn in the right-hand wrist of the lady performing this Vartam. This Thoram is made with 3 stands of yellow colored thread (applying turmeric paste), about 12 inches long, and with 9 knots to the Thoram. You can decorate this Thoram knots with flowers in between them. You will need to offer one Thoram to Devi, one for your-self and rest as many as there are for all other lady members in your home. So accordingly make as many as required.
  7. Prasadams – based on your convenience and ability, prepare 3, 5, 7 or 9 varieties of ‘Pindi Vantalu’ as Prasadams for offering to Devi at the end of Pooja. Kheer or Payasam is a mandatory item of these Prasadams.

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