Dhanurmas (धनुर्मास) is a name given to a period of nearly one month. Dhanurmas starts usually around 14–16 December and extends up to the mid of January (Hindu calendar months Margashirsha-Pausha). This period ends with the Makar Sankranti – the end of dakshinayana mostly occurs during the Pausha month of the Hindu Lunar calendar. More appropriately, the start of the Dhanurmas is marked by the entry of the Sun in the Dhanur Rasi (Saggitarius); this is called Dhanuh Sankramana. During this month, the sun transits the Dhanur Rasi and enters the Makara Rashi at the end of this month. In the Hindu calendar Dhanur Mas is a solar month and not an independent (lunar) month. The period when the sun starts moving northward from the Tropic of Capricorn to the Tropic of Cancer is called uttaraayana. The opposite period when the sun moves southward is called dakshinaayana. Uttarayan thus starts with end of the Dhanurmas. Its upcoming dates are December 16, 2017 – January 13, 2018.
This period of month is considered as highly auspicious for Vishnu devotees. Sri Krishna in Bhagavad Gita, says मासानां मार्गशीर्षोहम् 10.35. I manifest more in Margashirsha Maas among the different months in a year.
Andal, also known as Goda Devi, is one of the 12 Vaishnava saints who worshiped Lord Vishnu, observed a vratam during this time and became one with Lord Ranganatha in Srirangam. She sang many hymns in his praise, which are compiled as Tiruppavai and Nachiyaar Tirumozhi. The 30 hymns of Tiruppavai are very sacred to Vishnu devotees. To this day, many devotees observe the vratam and sing these hymns everyday during this period.
The Siva Kameswari temple will open from 5:00 AM, for this month and will conduct Suprabatha Seva, followed by archana to Lord Krishna and Goda Devi. This will be followed by Tiruppavai and TirupalliEzhuchi recital everyday.
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Also, a unique program as a special of this season: Sri Srinivasa Sanchara Seva, being offered by Sivakameshwari Temple, is similar to “Tiru Veedotsavam”, a Sacred Tradition where Lord Venkateshwara, along with his consorts visits all the residents in the “Mada Veedhi” in the most ancient Sri Venkateshwara Temple of Tirumala Tirupathi Maha Divya Kshetram. Please click below link for details.