With the advent of auspicious Dhanurmasam which will commence by 11:13am on December 16, the Suprabhata Seva will be replaced by Andal Tiruppavai Parayanam in Tirumala temple from December 17, 2017 on wards and concludes on January 14 in 2018. For a period of one month, Andal Tiruppavai Pasurams will be recited during early hours in Tirumala temple.
AUSPICIOUS MONTH IN SOLAR CALENDAR:
According to legendary, the deities wake up early in the morning during this holy month of Dhanurmasa and perform special prayers to Sri Maha Vishnu during the auspicious period of “Brahm Muhurta”, which is one and half hours before sunrise. Hence this month is considered to be most pious in Solar Calendar.
‘Maasanam Margashirshoham’…meaning ‘I am the Margashira among the months’-Lord Himself utters these words which depicts the importance of the month. Dhanurmasa is also called as Shoonya Masa because it is generally advised not to conduct any thing other than godly and holy functions. This is just to focus on God and not on any other materialistic pleasures.
A DAY OF WORSHIP IS EQUAL TO 1000 YEARS PENANCE IN DHANURMASA:
Worshiping Lord Vishnu who is believed to be none other than Lord Venkateswara in Kaliyuga, on a single day during this auspicious period is equal to worshiping Vishnu with devotion for 1000 years. Keeping the legacy forward, during this month, devotees offer prayers to the Lord early in the morning.
RECITAL OF ANDAL TIRUPPAVAI:
Andal Sri Goda Devi is considered to be one among the 12 Alwars. The Tiruppavai is a collection of thirty stanzas (paasurams) written by Andal also known as Nachiyar, in praise of the Lord Sri Venkateswara. It is a part of Alwar Divya Prabandha and is important in Tamil literature.
Andal Sri Goda Devi, one among the 12 Alwars, performed a wonderful vratham called Dhanurmasa vratham to tell us that, by practicing this vratham, one can attain the eternal bliss. The period,when the sun moves into the constellation of Dhanurrasi or Sagittarius and until it moves out to the constellation of Makara or Capricorn is known as Dhanurmasam. This month is said to be holiest for observing penance, worship, vratas and other spiritual programmes etc. to attain salvation.
VAIKUNTHA EKADASI OBSERVED:
During this holy month of Dhanurmasam, the most auspicious festival, Vaikuntha Ekadasi will be observed. In Tirumala it is only during this occasion and on the immediate day, Vaikuntha Dwadasi, the Vaikuntha Dwaram remains opened.