Margazhi Month 2023-24
The ninth month of the Hindu calendar is known as Agrahayana or Margasirsa or Margali. In India’s national civil calendar, it is also considered as the ninth month of the year, starting from 21st November and concluding on 20th December. The term Margasirsa indicates the Mrigashirsha naksatra (asterism) that has been recognized since Vedic times. It is also known as Margali in Tamil. In lunar religious calendars, Agrahayana/Margasirsa can begin on either the new moon or full moon around the same period of the year and is generally considered as the ninth month of the year. On the other hand, in solar religious calendars, Agrahayana/Margali commences with the Sun’s entry into Scorpio and is acknowledged as the ninth month of the year.
Tamil Calendar Margazhi 2023-24
During the month of Margasirsa, which marks the beginning of winter, the Vaikuntha Ekadasi or Moksada Ekadasi is celebrated with great fervor. The Bhagavata Purana’s 10th Canto, 22nd Chapter narrates how the young marriageable daughters (gopis) of the cowherd men of Gokula took a vow and worshiped Lady Katyayani in order to seek Lord Krishna’s hand in marriage. The month-long vrata or vow is taken by these women during Margasirsa, with the hope of being united with Lord Krishna. This auspicious occasion is celebrated with much enthusiasm and devotion.
Margazhi Month Calendar 2023
|Calendar||Hindu Tamil Calendar|
|Number of days||29|
|English Month||December and January|
|Significant Days||Christmas Day, English New Year|
Festivals in Margazhi Month 2023
Throughout the month of “Margaḻi” in Tamil Nadu, it is customary for women to rise early and create intricate “kolams” or “rangoli” designs outside of their homes. Many devotees also visit their neighbourhood temples in the morning to recite the revered works of Thiruppavai by Andal and Thiruvempavai by Manikkavacakar.
During the month of Margasirsa, specifically on Krishna paksha Ashtami, people celebrate Bhairava Ashtami. It is believed that on this day, Lord Shiva manifested himself on earth in his fierce form as Sri Kalabhairava. The day is marked by performing special rituals and offering prayers. In Odisha, Hindu women celebrate all Thursdays of this month as Manabasa Gurubara, where they worship Lady Lakshmi.
Margazhi Month Tamil Calendar 2023-24
Significance of Margazhi Month 2023
Margazhi month holds immense importance in 2023. The Srirangam Sri Ranganatha Temple considers this month to be of great significance. During this time, the temple also holds Pagal pathu and Rapathu, during which Thiruvaimozhi is chanted, in addition to Vaikunta Ekadasi. Thiruvaimozhi is a compilation of 4000 verses that glorify Lord Narayana.
Important Date in Margazhi Masam Sobhakritu
- 24.12.2023 – Christmas Eve
- 25.12.2023 – Christmas Day
- 01.12.2024 – New Year
All Tamil Monthly Calendar 2023-24
What is Margali Tamil Month 2023?
Margali is the Tamil name for the ninth month of the Hindu calendar, which is commonly known as Agrahayana or Margasirsa. It is considered as the ninth month of the year in India’s national civil calendar.
When does Margali Tamil Month 2023 begins and ends?
Margali Tamil Month 2023 begins on November 21st and concludes on December 20th.
Why is it called Margali?
Margali is named after the Mrigashirsha naksatra (asterism), which has been recognized since Vedic times.
How is Agrahayana/Margasirsa determined in lunar and solar religious calendars?
In lunar religious calendars, Agrahayana/Margasirsa can begin on either the new moon or full moon around the same period of the year and is generally considered as the ninth month of the year. On the other hand, in solar religious calendars, Agrahayana/Margali commences with the Sun’s entry into Scorpio and is acknowledged as the ninth month of the year.
What is the significance of Margali Tamil Month 2023?
Margali Tamil Month 2023 holds significant importance in the Tamil culture and is considered auspicious for various ceremonies and rituals. It is also believed to be a time for spiritual growth and enlightenment.