‘Masi Magam,’ which will occur on Monday, February 22, 2016, is an important festival for Hindus from Tamil Nadu and Tamilians from other parts of the world.
‘Maham’ or ‘Magam’ is actually a star according to Vedic astrology.
Masi Maham is one of the worthiest days that could help people to attain spiritual refinement. The primary ritual on the day of Masi Magam is the ceremonial bath given to Temple idols in sea, river, lake or pond.
The rituals differ from Temple to Temple across the state, but the day is celebrated in large numbers of people visiting Temples.
Masi Magam occurs on one of the most potent full phases of the Moon which coordinates with ‘Magam,’ believed to be the star of emperors and forefathers.
Full phase of the Moon coordinating with Magam is uncommon and comes once a year. It intends the visit of heavenly beings to the earth.
The souls of our forefathers come along to earth to get pure or free of guilty conscience and sinfulness and offer blessings to people.
Masi Magam prayers and observation accrue prosperity as the day witnesses a unique association of Full Moon with Magam.
It is widely believed that Masi Magam is the perfect day to forget about our self-importance, hatred and wrath and surrender at the feet of the almighty.
The day is considered to be the most advantageous to get the blessings of Gods and Goddesses and gain positive energy.
It is strongly believed that people who take a holy dip on this auspicious day will achieve liberation from the cycle of death and rebirth (Moksham).
Once in 12 years, Masi Magam reaches exceptional grandness, which is celebrated as Maha Magam or Maha Maham as a major event.
Maha Maham is considered as the Kumbamela of South India.
Goddess Durga is worshipped in Tamil Nadu throughout the Month