Many Hindus in Tamil Nadu whose marriages are being delayed and whose relationships are in crisis eagerly await Panguni Uthiram, a very auspicious day in the Tamil calendar. On this day, the Moon transits in Uthiram or Uthira Phalguni star/Nakshatra. It occurs on the full moon day in the Tamil month of Panguni (mid-March – mid-April).
Panguni Uthiram is a 10-day festival that is very special for Muruga devotees. Many of them would have taken vows, and these will be fulfilled on this occasion by carrying Pal Kudams and Kavadis. A large number of devotees also make a pada yatra (pilgrimage by foot) to the Arupadai Veedu, the six famed Muruga powerspots in Tamil Nadu.
The festival is important for many reasons. Panguni Uthiram was the day many celestial marriages took place, notably those of Muruga and Valli Deivanai, Krishna and Radha, Shiva and Parvati, Rama and Sita, Andal and Rangamannar, etc.
Narayana married Komalavalli Naachiyar and gave Kalyana Kola Seva to his devotees on this day. It is also the birthday of Lord Ayyappa and Mahalakshmi Jayanthi, the day Goddess Lakshmi emerged from the Milky Ocean.
The Brahmanda Purana also says that on Panguni Uthiram, all holy water merges with Thumburu Theertha, one of the 7 sacred tanks in Tirupati Tirumala.
Panguni Uthiram signifies the importance of grahasta dharma (married life of a householder).
On this day, Goddess Parvati, as Gowri, married Lord Shiva in Kanchipuram. So it is celebrated as the Gowri Kalyanam day.
Panguni Uthiram is associated with the worship of the Earth element, Prithvi lingam in Ekambareswarar Temple, Kanchipuram. Here, the festivities go on for 13 days.
In the month of Phalguna, Uthiram Nakshatra coincides with Purnima or the full moon. North Indians celebrate Holi on this day. It is a festival of colors that marks the advent of spring.
The day is important for followers of Vaishnavism, Shaivism, and Shaktism.
Panguni Uthiram falls on the night of Purnima or the full moon. In ancient times, priests and astrologers would choose Uttara Phalguni Nakshatra or Uthiram to fix the muhurat or auspicious date and time for marriage.
Uttara Phalguni nakshatra’s planetary ruler is Venus, which is associated with love, relationships, and marriage. Its symbol is a bed that represents marital joy and harmony. Many Hindu deities and royals are believed to have gotten married on this day.
Panguni Uthiram is also an ideal day to get rid of any problems in one’s married life. Hindus believe that if a person’s wedding had been conducted during an inauspicious time, or if the bride or groom have defects like Kuja Dosha or Kala Sarpa Dosha in their natal charts, the marriage would not be successful. They believe that Panguni Uthiram is the best day for removing such doshas after marriage.
On this day, you have an opportunity to boost your relationships by invoking divine help. Panguni Uthiram is believed to have the power to eliminate all the negative influences that impact marital life adversely.
Significance of Panguni Uthiram Celebrations
- Divine nuptials are conducted at Muruga temples in south India.
- Panguni Uthiram is the wedding day of divine couples like Shiva and Parvati, Murugan and Valli, Rama and Sita, and Krishna and Radha.
- Celebrating Panguni Uthiram can help improve your married life.
- Marriages entered into during Panguni Uthiram are divinely blessed.
- The belief is that Muruga appears to devotees on Panguni Uthiram at Shiva and Vishnu temples in his married form.
- Panguni Uthiram is the birthday of Lord Ayappa.
- Panguni Uthiram coincides with Mahalakshmi Jayanti, the birthday of Goddess Lakshmi, who bestows wealth and prosperity.
- Panguni Uthiram is when Muruga devotees fulfill their vows by carrying Pal Kudams and Kavadis.
- Panguni Uthiram is held for ten days. Palani Murugan Temple, Sabarimala Ayyappa temple in Kerala, Kapaleeshwarar temple in Chennai,
- Mangaleshwara temple in Trichy etc., are some of the main temples where marriage ceremonies for various deities are conducted on Panguni Uthiram.
Benefits Of Panguni Uthiram
People who are facing delays in marriage, and those who lack peace and happiness in their married life can benefit immensely by worshipping the deities and performing the proper rituals like fasting, etc., on the auspicious day of Panguni Uthiram. Panguni Uthiram is a very auspicious day that enables one to rectify problems in relationships.
By getting married during the Panguni Uthiram festival, you can get divine blessings for wealth, happiness, and prosperity.
If you observe a fast on Panguni Uthiram day for forty-eight years, you can attain Moksha or liberation.
Panguni Uthiram 2022 is on March 18.