What is Panguni Uthiram
Panguni Uthiram is a day of importance to Hindus especially those who belong to Tamilnadu. It falls on the day the moon transits in the asterism of Uttara-phalguni or Uthiram in the twelfth month of the Tamil solar calendar i.e. Panguni (March-April). It is also the full moon of the month of Panguni and is special because the Uthiram nakshatram coincides with the full moon.
This full moon signifies the marriage of Parvati and Parameswara (Lord Shiva), Murugan and Deyvaanai, and Aandaal and Rangamannar. On Panguni Uthiram, Murugan married Kamalavalli Naachiyar. Also Valmiki’s Ramayana says it is on this day and star that Sita’s marriage with Rama was celebrated. The day is intended to underline the glory of grahasta dharma (or the married life of a householder). The Almighty manifests in the marital state as Uma Maheswara, Sita Rama, and Radha Krishna. Devotees celebrate this day when the Lord, in both Shiva and Vishnu temples, appears to devotees in his married state.
Devotees flock in hundreds to the all Murugan temples during the Panguni Uthiram festival. It is the Jayanti (Day of Incarnation) of Lord Ayyappan. It is also an important festival day for Lord Subramanya (Muruga), as it is on this day that Sri Valli married Lord Subramanya. On this day Goddess Mahalakshmi incarnated on earth from the ocean of milk (after the ocean was churned by the Gods and the demons) and hence it is celebrated as Mahalakshmi Jayanti. Goddess Parvati in the form of Gowri married Lord Siva in Kanchipuram and hence this day is also celebrated as the Gowri Kalyanam.Panguni Uthiram is a famous festival and special to Murugan devotees.
Prayers on Panguni Uthiram
As this day is also special for Lord Muruga and his devotees, in all places where Lord Muruga has a temple, his devotees will carry ‘Pal kavadi, Panneer kavadi, Pushpa kavadi and perform special ‘Abishekams’ and poojas to Lord Muruga, to mark the occasion & in fulfillment of vows. Devotees flock in hundreds to the Muruga temples. It is also considered important because this is the day when Lord Muruga married Devasena.
Panguni Uthiram is the day to eliminate doshas in marriage life. If the marriage was not conducted on auspicious time and if there are any doshas, then this is the day to alleviate them. The day gives you an opportunity to strengthen and improve your relationship. This day can actually dissolve all doshas and negative influences that cause disturbances in family life. The divine force of Panguni Uthiram can blow away the misunderstandings & troubles in a marriage and paves the way for a happy married life.