Why is Margashirsha(Margazhi) Auspicious!?

Why is Margashirsha(Margazhi) Auspicious!?

The sanskrit month of mArgashIrShaH, also
known by the names of mArgazhi, mArgashiram or agrahAyaN, is known to be one of the most
prominent months for spiritual growth. Be it the daily chants of stotras or the observance
of various pUjAs and vratas, this month is considered to be extremely holy, be it for
the sAdhakas of Shiva, Shakti or Vishnu. Lord Krishna even mentions in Bhagavad Gita,
that among the months, he identifies himself with the month of mArgashIrShaH. In this video, let’s learn more about this
month, explore the reasoning behind it’s spiritual significance, and also learn a few simple
practices one could follow to benefit from this auspicious time of the year. The Sanskrit Channel is an effort to explore
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below. The month mArgashIrShaH is so named after
the star, mRgashiras. The month in which the full moon appears closest
to this star, is called as mArgashIrShaH. It falls between the gregorian calendar dates
of 27th November to 26th December. The word mArgashIrShaH literally means “that
which leads us towards the path”, it is a combination of two words, mArgaH meaning “path”
and shIrShaH, meaning “head”. This is seen as the month that leads one on
a path towards one’s goals. The significance of this month is also mentioned
in the Bhagavad Gita. In the 35th shloka of the 10th chapter, called
as vibhUti yogaH, Lord Krishna says, “mAsAnAm mArgashIrShoham”, meaning, “Among the months,
I’m mArgashIrShaH” , indicating that he is the one that leads us on the path towards
the divine. It is also in this month that we celebrate
gItA jayanti, the day when Lord Krishna gave the secrets of the science of yoga to Arjuna. gItA jayanti falls on mArgashIrSha shukla
EkAdashI, the 11th day of the waxing phase of the moon. This month also holds some of the most prominent
spiritual observances of mitra saptamI, kAlabhairava aShTami, Arudra darshanam, dattatreya jayanti,
vaikunTha EkAdashI and so on… But why is this month so significant? What is it, that makes it so special? If we look at the seasonal changes, this is
the period when the temperatures are coldest. Since the days are shorter than the nights
and overall temperatures are low, the body becomes capable of withstanding rigorous practices
in this month. One doesn’t get tired easily, the bodily fire
recedes inwards and one is able to digest and assimilate food quickly, as we saw in
this video on hEmanta Rtu charya of Ayurveda. Also, this is the final month of dakShinAyaNam,
the southern run of the Sun. With this month, the second half of the year
called as sAdhanapAda=or the period of practice comes to an end. The upcoming Sun’s norhern run called as uttarAyaNam
starts in the next lunar month. The period of uttarAyaNam, called as kaivalyapAda,
brings in the results, both in terms of crops in the field, and the attainments for one’s
efforts made in the sAdhanapAda. This makes mArgashIrShaH, the last month of
opportunity towards doing any kind of sAdhana in sAdhanapAda. In other words, if one has spent most of the
dakShinAyaNam not doing any sAdhanA, this is the one last month where one can still
put in some effort to reap the benefits that start to manifest with the Sun’s northern
run coming in the next month. Traditionally, there have been a lot of practices
which have been set up in this month for this exact same reason. This is the period when the gopikas of vRdAvanam
performed kAtyAyanI vrata sAdhanA. This is also the period when devotees take
on various kinds of vratas corresponding to deities like durgA and ayyappa. They follow strict observances of dietary
and lifestyle rules to make use of this last month of sAdhana. People are encouraged to wake up early in
the morning at around 3:30AM called as the brahma muhUrtam. If possible, one can take a dip in a river,
or have a cold water bath, and spend time doing any kind of a spiritual sAdhana of their
choice. Some people chant the thiruppavai, a series
of devotional chants on Vishnu, by gOdA dEvI, an ardent devotee of Lord Krishna, and seen
as the very incarnation of goddess Lakshmi. People also chant the gOdA aShTottaram during
this time. This sAdhanA is said to provide the devotees
with the grace of Lord Vishnu and mahAlakShmI, confering them with prosperity and well-being. dEvI upAsakas chant stotras like lalitha sahasranamam,
lakshmi ashtottaram and soundarya lahari whereas devotees of dattatreya chant stotras corresponding
to him. You can find Guided Chants of Stotras corresponding
to various deities on this channel. I will leave links to them in the description
below. In general, people are encouraged to do some
kind of chanting=japaH, austerities=tapaH, meditation=dhyAnam, charitable acts=dAnam,
worship=pUja, observance=vrataH all of which have maximum impact and provide maximum results
when done during this time of the year. In conclusion, the month of mArgashIrShaH
is earmarked for sAdhana in this tradition. Whichever path one is on, and whatever one’s
pursuit may be in life, strengthening one’s focus and practice during this period of the
year is said to be of immense support in reaching one’s goal. I hope you found this video useful. Wish You All A very Happy and prosperous month
of mArgashIrShaH. Share this video across with people whom you
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77 thoughts on “Why is Margashirsha(Margazhi) Auspicious!?

  1. 🙏🙏🙏
    Please provides us details of Anja Chakra, Sahasrahara Chakra, through "Shatchakranirupanam" in 7 chakra video series. We eagerly waiting for this divine revelation.🙏🙏🙏

  2. We came to know that every Sanskrit alphabet have a meaning and effect on us itself could u please explain it in your videos

  3. Brother do you know every Thursday of Margasira is worshipped as Manabasha Puja ( Maa Laxmi Puja ) in Odisha. 🙏🙏🙏🙏🌹💐🌹💐🌹💐😊😊😊😊😊

  4. Not only the content of each video is unique, but the topics you choose speak on is very interesting and representative of the practices we follow! Thank you for putting out such wonderful content!

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  7. सब सही है। केवल एक चीज गलत है कि यह भारतीय आर्य भाषा हिंदी में नहीं है जिससे यह समझ से बाहर है । कृपया हो सके तो हिंदी में अथवा संस्कृत में डालें।

  8. मान्यवर जी आप संस्कृत को अंग्रेजी में क्यों पढ़ा रहे हैं। यदि इसे आप संस्कृत भाषा अथवा हिंदी भाषा में पढ़ाएं तो और जल्दी समझ में आवे

  9. But sir here the margazhi starts only in Dec 17 around .. but u have said it's from Nov 27 pls do clarify my doubt

  10. Thanks so much for this video..this was a reminder that i could still strengthen my sadhana before its too late !!

    Really grateful to u for posting this video and explaining it with such grace 🙏🙏

  11. Actually in Tamil calendar the margazhli starts from December 17 and till January 13 always but in Telugu and Kannada r difference always I confused can u explain sir plz

  12. We do not live on a spinning ball. The Earth is flat and stationary. Dhruva loka has always been Polaris the North Star. Srimad Bhagavatam is not a heliocentric science indeed it is a geocentric science. In the Bhagavad Gita Krishna says that he imparted this imperishable science of yoga to the sun god Vivaswan and Vivaswan instructed it to Manu the father of mankind and Manu instructed it to Ikswaku a saintly king of ancient time

  13. I was noticing some change in minds activity and direction and your video now explains it all….more meditativeness and drawn more towards spiritual pursuits, I think it was Margasheersh effect. Thanks a lot for this video 🙏🏻

  14. Can you make a video on Kaalbhairav ashtakam, on how to say the words correctly and its meaning….pls i need it's actual wordings

  15. हिन्दी में बनाइये बहुत लोग सीखलेगा ,आपका विडीयो बहुत महत्वपूर्ण है, धन्यवाद

  16. Disvcovering your channel was one of the major achievements of my lifetime.The thirst for knowledge of Sanskrit,Hinduism ..Cannot thank you enough.Shall observe meditation.shall contribute to the chanel

  17. Keep on sharing such Immense knowledge…. Many people don't know about it because of u we can know and share it too.

  18. Dhanyawaad for another beautiful video. All the editing and content is of high quality, your dedication and efforts are genuinely inspiring. Being in English, your content can be accessed by the majority of the internet using world. Kudos to your clear Sanskrit pronunciation too! Maybe you could do a video on Sanskrit chhandas- just preliminary info, it would be very helpful in appreciating all Sanskrit works. Thanks again!🙏

  19. You are doing a great job Udaya. Have made a little contribution today. Will keep contributing more in the future in my capacity.

  20. Please don't call it like lord Krishna.
    It seems like inferiority complex in you.
    Just say Bhagwan Krishna….
    'Bhagwan' has no synonyms in English.

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