Panguni uthram (Meena Uthra phalguni)
(This year this festival is celebrated on 23/3/2016)
Panguni or Meenam (When Sun is in the Meena Rasi is the twelfth month of the solar calendar which is used in India. Uthram (Uthra phalguni ) is the 12th star in the zodiac. On the Uthram day of the Panguni month the moon is seen in all its glory as it is the full moon .(Pournami) . Due to this Panguni Uthram day is unique and considered as very sacred. Devotees believe that they would get maturity of the mind , capacity to complete any act they want on that day. They also believe that on that day they would get the best life’s companion. It is believed it is the most appropriate day to mend broken matrimonial relations.
Most of us are not aware of the sacred nature of this day . We consider that it is a festival day for Lord Subrahmanya when devotees take Kavadi to Subrahmanya temples. They also know that it is a day that Lord Muruga comes out from his temples to his devotees on a chariot. This day also is
The day when Lord Shiva got married to Goddess Parvathi in Madhurai
The day Mahalakshmi took birth in the ocean of milk
The day when Goddess Lakshmi got married to Lord Vishnu
The day when Rama got married to seetha
The day when Aandal got Married to Rangamannar
The day when Lord Subrahmanya got married to Indra’s daughter Devayani
The day when Lord Brahma got married to Goddess Saraswathi
The day when Lord Sastha got married to Poorna and Pushkala
The day Indra got married to Sachi devi
The birthday of Lord Ayyappa of Sabari malai
The birthday of Arjuna , the great devotee of Lord Krishna and also the day when he got Pasupatha from Lord shiva,
The day when Lord Shiva kicked , Yama the God of death when he came to take away the soul of Markandeya.
The day when Karikkal ammayar merged with Lord Shiva
The Day when Idumba brought Shiva giri and Shakthi giri as Kavadi to Lord Muruga of Pazhani.
The day when all sacred waters come in Dumburu Theertha in Thirupathi.
“This Phalgun Poornima day is also celebrated as Holi in the Braj region, which includes locations traditionally connected to the Lord Krishna: Mathura, Vrindavan, Nandagaon, and Barsana, Kumaoni (Uttarakhant). The day that Holika the sister of Hiranyakashibu was destroyed. It is celebrated as Basatotsav (Bengal), Phagwah (Bihar), Doḷajātra (Oriya), Ganga Mela (UP), Dol Purnima (Bengal), Śigmo (Konkani), Rangapanchami (MP), Yaosang (Manipur), Basnata Panchami (AP), Phakuwa (Assam), Shimga (Maharashtra), Manjal Kuli (Kerala), Fagu Poornima (Nepal), Panguni Uthram Vasanthotsavam (TN). The playful throwing of natural coloured powders has a medicinal significance: the colours are traditionally made of Neem, Kumkum, Haldi, Bilva, and other medicinal herbs prescribed by Āyurvedic doctors. A very auspicious day for all Hindus.(from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Panguni_Uthiram )
This occasion is also a festival when devotees in Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Kerala become a part of the rituals in the temples. Murugan Temple of Palani, Aiyyappa temple of Sabarimala in Kerala, Kapaleshwar temple of Chennai, Mangaleshwara temple in Trichy, Sri Ranganatha temple in Srirangam, Uthiran star temple Mangalambigai Sametha Mangalyeswarar Koil at Edaiyathumangalam are some of the temples where rituals of Divine marriages are conducted on this day .(http://www.astroved.com/articles/significance-of-panguni-uthiram )
Panguni Uthra Vrutham
The day previous to Panguni uthram is termed as Anna dhana day.On that day after bath ladies should either prepare ven pongal or Chakkarai pongal and Curd rice , Puliyodharai etc and offer to the god whom we worship at home..Later these foods should be distributed to hungry and poor people. The lady who observes this vrutha can eat these preparations later (except Puliyodarai.). At night they would eat only fruits and drink milk..Next day morning after bath they should go to temple and after return they can any food that they wish except non vegetarian dishes.