Dhanurmasam or Dhanumasam is known as Margazhi month as per the Tamil calendar. Dhanurmasam 2016-2017 starts on 16 December 2016 and ends on 13 January 2017.
This month is the most auspicious month the devotees who Vaishnava tradition. Dhanurmasam begins on Dhanur Sankramanam day. On this day Sun enters into Dhanu Rashi (Sagittarius zodiac sign).
In South Indian states … Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Kerala, vaishnavaite sect of people celebrate the month with worshipping Lord Vishnu and Andal (Godadevi or Neela devi). Thiruppavai, a divine text written by Andal, is recited by all devotees. Goda Devi Kalyanam is the major event celebrated during Dhanurmasam in Tirumala Tirupati.
In Srirangam Ranganatha swamy temple, Dhanurmasa utsavam is a major event. In Tamil Nadu, Dhanurmasa Vratam is observed as Pavai Nombu.
In Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka during the whole month of Dhanurmasam, Katyayani Vratam, dedicated to Goddess Katyayani, is observed. Vaikunta Ekadashi and Vaikunta Dwadasi are the major festivals or auspicious days or important events during Dhanurmasam in 2016-2017.
Important Festivals & Auspicious Days in Dhanur Masam 2016-2017
15 December 2016 – Dhanu Ravi Samkramam
16 December 2016 – Sabarimala Masa Pooja Arambham
24 December 2016 – Saphala Ekadashi
26 December 2016 – Mandala Pooja
29 December 2016 – Amavasi
31 December 2016 – Shivagiri Theerthadanam
2 January 2017 – Chaturthi Vrutham , Nature Day
3 January 2017 – Shasti
8 January 2017 – Karthika Vrutham , Bhooripaksha Ekadashi
10 January 2017 – Pradosham
11 January 2017 – Thiruvathira
12 January 2017 – Pournami Vrutham , Pournami
14 January 2017 – Makara Sankranti , Sabarimala Masa Pooja Arambham