Masi Magam 2021
Masi Magam which is also known as Maasi Makam is a prominent festival celebrated in Tamil Nadu and other southern states of India. The etymology of the name Maasi Makam is derived as it is observed on Tamil Month of Maasi during Makam or Makham (Makar) Nakshatra which is one of the auspicious stars amongst the twenty-seven stars in the Astrological system. It falls in the line with a brightening moon leading to the infusion of all the optimism and perseverance in one’s life.
It is seen that Masi Magam is usually observed on Full Moon Day or Purnima, however, few astrologers and priests believe there is no direct connection between a Full Moon Day and Masi Magam. The day is auspicious for seeking release or Moksha. Eternal spirits and ancestors are believed to travel to Earth in a spiritual form to take an auspicious bath in the sacred waters on the day, seeking salvation and clean their past life’s sins. Devotees seek the blessings on the day to wash off their sins and achieve salvation.
Dates & Time of Masi Magam
This year, Masi Magam will be observed on 27th February 2021 on Saturday which is Shukla Paksha Chaturdashi tithi as per the Hindu calendar, the 14th Lunar Day (Waxing Phase of Moon).
On this auspicious day, idols of Lord Shiva and Lord Surya are offered holy water from rivers, ponds, or sea. Temples and altars are decorated vividly with flowers and wall hangings.
Devotees from all across South India – Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Puducherry, show exemplary devotion towards Lord Shiva and thus making this festival a mirror image of Indian cultures.
The festival of Masi Magam is a propitious occasion to remove the afflictions and malefic effect of Rahu Ketu and invoke blessings of supreme Power and combined blessings of God. It is also marked as auspicious because of the time frame which makes it a holy time to wipe off all the sins and evil deeds by taking a holy bath on this day. This day is auspicious to seek the blessings from Lord Shiva, the ruling deity of Tithi Chaturdashi, God of destruction, the spiritual symbol, and also the epitome of supremacy who is believed to liberate mankind from all the sins and lead them to salvation. Moreover, as all the Navagrahas or nine planets are disciples of Lord Shiva, seeking his blessings on this auspicious day also removes any bad effects of Dashas in one’s Horoscope.
The biggest significance of the day is eliminating “Kundali dosh” and “Rahu Ketu Dosha” which creates circumstances leading to a negative impact on one’s life. In Vedic astrology, Rahu and Ketu are known to emit toxic and adverse situations in one’s life, causing incurable diseases, legal battles, family disputes, ego clashes, untimely death, etc. These ill effects can be eradicated and the Grahas can be pleased and favoured by performing Yagyas or Hawans on this day.
Prominent pujas are performed, like Kaalsarpa Dosh Puja or Navagrahas Shanti Havan at one’s home as a remedy to overcome all those obstructions and hurdles, that bring discomfort to one’s life. Pitra Dosh Puja is also performed as a holy remedy to overcome all the misfortune and health problems. The star Magha is the ruler of ancestors (Pitrus), so a holy dip on this day will bless the natives and infuse positive fortune in one’s life. Lord Shiva and Saturn will be worshipped on this day.
Shanidev (Saturn) is the ruler of Karma, so worshiping the deity will clear all Pitru Doshas and Karmas, and bring blessed salvation. Performing Homa on this day will be blessed with divine spirituality, good deeds, travel to religious places, a good beginning, healthy bonding, high ambitions, courage and strength, profitable ventures, removal of misdeeds, evil effects, and abstinence from worldly pleasures.
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