Importance of Margashirsha Maas or Margashira masam as per Bhagvad Gita
Margashirsha maas or Margashira masam is the ninth month as per traditional Hindu calendar. It is believed as one of the auspicious months for Hindus. In Puranas, Margashirsh maas is mentioned as ‘Maasonam Margashirshoham which means there is no auspicious month as Margashiram.
Margashirsh month is also mentioned in the Bhagwad Gita by Lord Sri Krishna. The below slokam tells about the significance and spiritual importance of margasheersha maas.
Bruhatsama thatha samnam
It means – Lord Krishna says “I, myself, stay in Bruhathsama in the Samaveda, Gayatri in Chandassu or literature, Margashirsha or Margashira in months and Vasant rithu in rithus or seasons”.
It is said that performing ritual bath in the Ganga river during Margashirsh month gives the result of ten million grahan snan. Vishnu Puja during the month is highly auspicious. Lakshmi puja is observed on Margashirsh lakshmivar or Guruvar during margashira masam. Vishnu Sahasranama parayana and visiting Vishnu temples in the month is most preferred deeds.
Gita Jayanti 2010 – Bhagavad Gita Jayanthi 2010 date
Gita Jayanti or Bhagavad Geeta Jayanthi, the birthday of Bhagvad Gita, is celebrated on Margasirsha Shukla Paksha Ekadashi (November – December). Gita Jayanti 2010 date is 17 December 2010. According to prominent Hindu scriptures, on this day, Lord Sri Krishna made the glorious teachings of Bhagavad Gita to Arjuna. Today, Bhagavad Gita is a world-famous scripture and also used as business and communications guide for modern world.
Bhagvad Gita was first told to Arjuna by Lord Krishna nearly six thousand years ago during Kurukshetra war. Gita Jaanthi is celebrated throughout India and the world with lot of gusto. In ISKCON temples, Geeta Jayanthi is celebrated with utmost devotion and enthusiasm. Special pujas and abhishekas are offered to the Lord on this day. Mass recital of Bhagvad Geeta is performed throughout the day.
Gita Jayanti is also celebrated as Mokshada Ekadashi. On this day, devotees observed fast and on Dwadashi day fast is broken by taking ritual bath and performing Krishna puja.
Datta Jayanti 2010 – Dattatreya Jayanthi 2010 date
Datta Jayanti or Guru Dattatreya Jayanthi, the birthday of Lord Dattatreya, is observed on Margashirsha Purnima, the full moon day in the month of Margasirsha. Datta Jayanti 2010 or Dattatreya Jayanthi 2010 date is December 20. Dattatreya, the son of Anasuya and Atri Maharshi, is considered as Trimurti Avatar, an incarnation of Hindu Trinity – Lord Vishnu, Brahma and Shiva.
When Goddesses Saraswati, Lakshmi and Parvati came to know about Anasuyas pativrata dharma, they wanted to test her and requested their husbands Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva to do so by asking her to give food with unclothed body. Anasuya made the Hindu trinity as small babies and fed them without any cloth on her body. Anasuyas huband, Atri Maharshi came and knew the whole episode, created all three babies into one. This one form of Trimurti is Dattatrya Swamy. With their powers, Atri and Anasuya recreated Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva.
Datta Jayanthi is celebrated with lot of gusto in Sri Pada Vallabha Kshetram at Pithapuram in Srikakulam district of Andhra Pradesh. This kshetram is also known as Padagaya Kshetram, Datta Kshetram or Vallabha Kshetram. Dattatreya Jayanti is a major festival at Ganugapur Sri Kshetra Dattatreya temple in Maharashtra.
Mitra saptami – Margasira Saptami dedicated to Surya Bhagawan
Mitra saptami is observed on Shukla Paksha Saptami during Margasira masam or Margashirsh month. Mitra Saptami date 2010 is December 12. This festival is dedicated to Surya Bhagawan or Sun God. Surya Bhagwan is worshipped with different name during each month. In Margashira masam, Sun God is worshipped as Mitra, hence the Saptami day on which Surya is worshipped as Mitra Saptami.
On Mitra Saptami, Surya bhagwan is offered prayers and special naivedyam. Devotees believe that worshipping Lord Surya on this day would provide them with good health and wealth. On this day, devotees avoid using hair oil.
Festival in the Month of Margashirsha : Margashirsha Sankranti 2015, 16 November
Sun will enter Scorpio sign during Margashirsha Sankranti. Margashirsha Sankranti will begin on 16th November 2015, Monday, Panchmi Tithi at 24:02. Uttara Ashadha Nakshatra will be in. The auspicious period will begin from 12:02 afternoon..
Kaal Bhairava Ashtami, 3 December 2015
Ashtami of Krishna Paksha, Margsheersh month is called Bhairava Ashtami. On this day Kaal Bhairav is worshipped. Observing fast for full day and then worshipping Kaal Bhairava gives auspicious results.
Utpanna Ekadashi Fast, 7 December 2015
Ekadashi of Margsheersh Krishna Paksha is known by the name of Utpanna Ekadashi. Observing this Ekadashi frees the person of all his sins done by mistake. The devotee gets peace and happiness in this life as well as in his life after death in heaven. In this fast Lord Shri Krishna is worshipped. The person observing this fast should not consume food after mid of the previous night of the day when the fast is to be observed. In the morning Sun is worshipped at the time of its rise with flowers, Water, Dhoop and Akshatra. The main thing to keep in mind is that only fruits are offered as sacrament on this day.
Margsheersh Amavasya, 11 December 2015
Margsheersh Amavasya is also called Aghan Amavasya. This Amavasya is considered to be of equal importance to that of Kartik Amavasya. On this day, worshipping Goddess Laxmi is considered auspicious. In addition, bath and donations are also performed on this day. On this Amavasya, ancestors are worshipped and Pind-Dan is performed.
Panchak Begins 16 December 2015
Panchak of Shukla Paksha, Margasheersh month will begin from 16 December at 12:55. and will end at 19:45 on 20 December. Marriage and other auspicious works should be avoided during this period as it is not considered good for any auspicious works.
Mokshada Ekadashi, 21 December 2015
The Ekasdashi of Shukla Paksha, Margasheersh month is called Mokshada Ekadashi. Ekadashi fast is observed to please Lord Vishnu. There is a belief that observing this fast reduces the obstacles in path of attaining salvation and increases its chances. The person observing this fast should recite Vishnu Stotra and do Jagaran.
There is also a belief that observing this fast yields results more then the fruits of many Yajna. Observing Mokshada Ekadashi fast with all its rules; worshipping Lord Vishnu and donating as per your capability frees the person from all his sins.
Moreover, Geeta Jayanti(Birth of Geeta) is also on this day so Shrimad Bhagwad Gita should be worshipped with flowers and then its verses should be chanted.
Anang Trayodashi Fast, 23 December 2015
Observing Trayodashi fast pleases Lord Bhole Nath and he showers his blessings on his devotee. This fast brings infinite results for the devotee. Moreover, falling of Pradosh fast on this day increases its importance even more.
Shri Ganesh Chaturthi Fast, 28 December 2015
Lord Ganesh is worshipped to gain the auspiciousness of the Chaturthi(fourth) date. According to astrology, Siddhi Vinayaka Shri Ganesha is the Lord of the Chaturthi date. Although Lord Ganesha is worshipped before all the Gods but worshipping him and observing fast on this day gives the most auspicious results.
This fast fulfills all the wishes and removes the problems of life. On this day, chanting Ganesha Stotra and then worshipping him with all the rituals is considered auspicious.
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