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[sv-rituals] I need to know the significance of Pankuni uttiram and Kalyana utsavam

From: sreeshukra (sreeshukra_at_yahoo.com)
Date: Thu Mar 28 2002 - 12:06:50 PST

Today is pankuni uttiram I need to know more about Pankuni
uttiram and Kalyana utsavam


I have gathered the following from bhattar.com, I would like to
know more about the significance of Pankuni uttram and Kalayna
utsavams.

Panguni Uthiram 

Falls in the month Panguni (March-April). This month is special
because of the star Uthiram and pournami occurring
together. Besides, it is on Panguni pournami Uthiram that the
marriage of Parvati and Parameswara, Muruga and Devasena, and
Andal (also known as Kothai) and Rangamannar took place.

Again, Valmiki's Ramayan says it is on this day and star that
Sita's marriage with Rama was celebrated. From Brahmanda Puranam
we learn that on Panguni Uthiram every holy water joins Thumburu
teertha, one of seven sacred tanks in Tirupati Tirumala. The
ancients chose Uthiram to convey to humans that it is for
underlining the glory of grahasta dharma (married life) that the
Almighty manifests in the

marital state as Uma Maheswara, Sita Rama, and Radha Krishna -
despite his changelessness, sans childhood or youth or old age.
 The Lord is indeed a Nitya Kalyana Murthi.  It is our duty to
 celebrate this day when the Lord, in both Shiva and Vishnu
 temples, appears to devotees in his married state.  On Panguni
 Uthiram, in all places where Lord Subrahmanya has a temple, his
 devotees carry in a kavadi the requisites for puja for him, in
 fulfilment of vows. Such vow fulfilment by devotees carrying
 kavadis is a special feature of Subrahmanya temples wherever
 they happen to be. 


regards

Rangarajan Seshadri


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