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Ma means not present and Agham means sin, evil, suffering, grief and Magha maasam is the month which is highly meritorious, auspicious and free from any sin or suffering. Lord Maha Vishnu in the name of Maadhava is the presiding deity who governs Magha Maasam and to be worshiped. Magha maasam is the 11th month of Hindu lunar calendar. Magha Nakshtram star falls on the pournami day of this month.
This month is considered auspicious to perform all the major occasions like marriage, upanayanam thread ceremony , house warming etc. One year on the earth is considered as one day in the higher abode and this month starts the dawn of the day to the Gods. Deepa daanam lighting a lamp is auspicious in Karthika maasam and magha snanam holy dips in holy rivers is the major ritual of magha maasam. There are many auspicious and religious events during the month. On the fifth day in the brighter half of the moon, Basant Panchami or Saraswati Pooja is celebrated across the country.
Hence the month is particularly dedicated to Lord Surya and people worship Sun god on the four Sundays of Maagha maasam. Reciting Aditya Hrudyam on the four Sundays of the month would be very effective. As the nature starts blooming once again with the growth of fresh new leaves and flowers all around, this is the most favorite season of the people. While Karthika masam is given lot of significance for lighting of lamps, Magha maasam is given special significance for taking bath that is known as Maagha Snanam.
During this period it is prescribed to take bath early in the morning before Sunrise preferably during Arunodaya kala. This sacred bath is preferred to be taken in any river, lake or theertha or at least at home. In the earlier months to Magha Masam, on account of cold and snow, the body becomes weak because of lack proper sunshine, etc. In Magha Masam the Sun rays provide more heat and they energize the Sea and River Waters destroying the bacteria in the waters.
Common salt also acts as an antibiotic and necessary for our body to cleanse the skin. Taking these factors into consideration, our Sages prescribed that one should perform Samudra Snanam and spend in Sea waters for a period of one Ghadiya 48 minutes in Magha Masam.
By this the energy of sun rays embedded in the water spreads into our body. Taking a bath in sea waters for about 48 minutes refreshes us by cleansing our external body opening the roma coupams and a lot of significance has been added from spiritual point of view in the daily routine of an Individual. The benefits are multiple when sea bath is taken in Magha Maasam. According to Dharma-Shastra merits of Magha Snaana gets increased depending on the place where the bath is taken as given below….
Maagha Snana in sea Samudra is considered more meritorious than all the above. Wherever may be the place of bath; one should always remember to recollect recite Prayaaga and also pray Maasa Niyamaka Sri Maadhava Lord Vishnu silently. Those who cannot take bath as said above for the entire month should at least take it for the last three days which is known as Anthya Pushkarini. Maagha Snanam is prescribed for all ages of men and women.
Maasa niyamaka magha prayaga madhava preethyartham. Maagha snanam karishye. Maagha snaanamidam punyam snaasyeham deva maadhava. Tirthasyaasya jale nityamiti sankalpa chetasi. Maagha maase ratamthyapah kinchidha abhyudhite ravau.
Bramhagnam vaa suraapam vaa kam pathantham punimahe. Dukha dhaareedrya naashaaya shree vishnosthoshanaaya cha. Praathah snanam karomyadhya maaghe papavinaashanam. Makarashte ravau maaghe govinda achyutha madhava. Snaane naanena me deva yathoktha phaladho bhava.
Krishna achyutha nimajyaami praabhaathe asmeen subhodhaka. Anena magha snaanena supreeetho maam samudhdhara. Magha snanam karishyami makarasthe divaakare.
Aasamaapthi mahaadeva nirvignam kuru maadhava. Thapasya arkodhaye nadhyaam snaathoham vidhi poorvakam. Maadhavaaya dhadhaami idham arghyam samyak praseedhithu.
Madhavavaaya nama idamargyam. Savitre prasavitre cha paramdhaamne namosthuthe. Twattejasaa paribrashtam paapam yaaytu sahasradhah. Savitre nama idamargyam. Ganaga yamunayor madhye yatra gupta saraswathi. Trailokya vamdite devi trivenyargyam grihaana me. Trivenya nama idamargyam. Diwakara jagannatha prabhakara namosthuthe. Paripoornam karishwedam magha snaanam maya krutam. The Amavasya of this month is known as Moni Amavasya. Visiting religious places and performing Tarpan there is considered favorable.
You must try to keep maun on this day. Taking bath, giving charities and performing Shraddha on these days gives endless religious merit and please ancestors soul. Offerings and daan to Brahmins and needy is recommended, Holy Cows are to be taken care. Blankets, woolen clothings, shoes can be given to needy to fight the cold weather. Charities done during Magh month is considered as highly sacred and meritorious. Marriages organised, in Magh month, are said to be successful and good.
It is an auspicious month for performing marriages, upanayanam, Gruha Pravesam, Aksharabhyasam etc. Goddess Saraswathi, the presiding deity of of Learning, Knowledge and Wisdom is said to have born on this auspicious day of Sri Panchami.
It occurs on the seventh day Sapthami of Magha Masam during sukla paksha. Bheeshmaastami is associated with Bheeshma Pitamaha the most revered and grandiose character of the great Epic Mahabharata. It was on this day Bheeshma breathed his last and this day is commemorated as the day of his Niryaana. Sri Madhva Navami falling on the 9th day of Lunar month of Magha Masam during the bright fortnight is associated with Sri Madhwacharya one of the greatest Hindu Saints and Philosophers who was the founder and exponent of Dvaita Philosophy.
It is said that it was on this day in the year AD, Sri Madhvacharya while teaching his disciples at Udupi Sri Anantheshwara Temple , suddenly a heap of flowers were showered on him and he disappeared from that heap of flowers not to be seen later. It is considered as the day He entered the Badarikasrama. Magha Pournami the full moon day in Maagha masam is celebrated as Maha Maaghi. This day marks the end of Maagha Snana vratham.
It is said and believed that any Divine worship, prayer, charity or rites performed on this day are highly meritorious that gives significant results. Thilapaathra Danam is prescribed to be given to a Brahmin on this day of Mahamaaghi. Taking bath in a sea on this day is considered as highly meritorious. Worshiping Lord Shiva on this day of Maha Shivarathri is considered as highly meritorious and sin remover.
Special celebrations are held on the eve of Maha Shivarathri at all the holy Shiva Kshetras where lakhs of people gather to offer their obeisance and salutations to Lord Shiva the great destroyer of sins and the most benevolent God.
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The Magha Purnima and Its Importance in Life
Ma means not present and Agham means sin, evil, suffering, grief and Magha maasam is the month which is highly meritorious, auspicious and free from any sin or suffering. Lord Maha Vishnu in the name of Maadhava is the presiding deity who governs Magha Maasam and to be worshiped. Magha maasam is the 11th month of Hindu lunar calendar. Magha Nakshtram star falls on the pournami day of this month. This month is considered auspicious to perform all the major occasions like marriage, upanayanam thread ceremony , house warming etc. One year on the earth is considered as one day in the higher abode and this month starts the dawn of the day to the Gods.
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Magha Maasam: Importance of Magha Snana, Puja, Mantras and Festivals
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