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thirup pAvai - part 9 - mArgazhi as brahma muhoorththam

From: Thirumalai Anandanpillai (
Date: Tue Dec 16 1997 - 22:26:34 PST

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mArgazhi - brahma muhoorththam

ANDAL thiruvadikaLE saraNam

     Each year of  jivAtmAs  are one day for  dEvAs.  The month of
"thai", also  referred as  uththirAyaNa  puNNiya  kaalam, is their
(devas)  soorya  uthayam  or  sunrise.  From  then the  period  of
uththirAyaNam  runs for 6 months for us boolOga vaasis and such is
their (devas) pagal or day time.  The dakshinAyanam from "Aadi" to
mArgazhi is their night time.  Thus the month of "mArgazhi"  which
is prior to their  day  break or  sunrise  (uththirAyanam)  itself
becomes the brahma  muhoorththam  for them (devas).  The para dEva
arAdhani that is done during this predawn time  (mArgazhi) is most
desirable  for them.  i.e., the  prayers  of all the devas  and as
well as thriLoka vaasis are all done this time and our prayers are
enhanced  in the  company  of  prayers  of Devas as well.  All the
prayers  done in this unique time are  focussed on the Lord like a
laser beam  awakening  HIM to bless us.  In fact there is a custom
in Tamil Nadu that no marriages  will be  celebrated in this month
of  mArgazhi.  *One of the  reason*  cited is that by doing  so it
seems one will disturb the devas in their poojas by bringing  them
and the Lord to attend  the  marriage.  There  are other  shAstric
reasons as well for this.

     According  to Sri peria  vaachchan  pillai this custom of pre
dawn bath in mArgazhi and praying to the Lord parama  purushan and
seeking HIS  blessings and  prosperity  is a custom, that had been
followed by tradition from time to time immemorial.  As similar to
azhwAr's  aruLich cheyal Sri PVPillai's  vyAkyAnams also have deep
meanings.  When he said time  immemorial,  it is  understood  that
this  nOnbu or  thirup  pAvai is beyond  the unit of time and is a
sambhandam  of jivAtmA  and  paramAtma  and such  thirup  pAvai is
eternal,  (parama  kAvyam - 6000 padi) and appears in every yugam,
and .  When the  Lord  created  Brahma  the  unit of time  was not
created  then  in  such  brahma  muhoorththam.  In  ancient  tamil
custom, the day is accounted from sunrise only.  ie., the time for
the day is accounted  from sunrise only.  Similarly as per certain
calendars,  the  birth  or  shrusti  of  the  unit  or the  fourth
dimension  known as time is also  assumed as the  beginning of the
incarnation  of  sooryan  known  as  soorya   uthayam.  Hence  our
mArgazhi  which is the brahma  muhoorththam  for devas is prior to
even time and is time immemorial.  Our 44 Jeer (Srirangam Sri Raja
Gopuram)  mentioned  in  his  vyAkyAnam  that  is  also  known  as
soobOthinee,  that  the  thanur  maasya  (maargazhi  month)  thiru
arAdhanai  is to be done  prior to soorya  uthayam  (prior  to sun
rise) as per sAsthram.

ANDAL thiruvadikaLE saraNam
Sampath Rengarjan