The month of Margazhi holds a profound significance, intertwining devotion, music, and spiritual reflection. Commencing on Sunday, December 17, 2023, and concluding on Thursday, January 14, 2024, Margazhi is hailed as a period dedicated to spiritual pursuits, marked by the avoidance of auspicious events and marriages.

The Spiritual Essence: Lord Krishna's Proclamation

The spiritual importance of Margazhi is underscored by Lord Krishna in the Bhagavad Gita, where he declares, "Among the twelve months, I am Margazhi." This declaration sets the tone for a month reserved for devout activities, embracing the dawn period for Devas.

Thiruppavai Chants: A Daily Devotional Ritual

A pivotal aspect of Margazhi is the daily recitation of the Tiruppavai, composed by Andal. Consisting of 30 verses, each day of Margali is marked by the chanting of a verse. Notably, Tiruppavai takes precedence as the morning prayer at the Tirumala Tirupati Temple during this sacred month.


The artistic expression finds its manifestation in the elaborate kolams (rangoli) adorning the streets and homes daily. The intricate designs become a captivating display of creativity and devotion, adding a vibrant visual dimension to the month.

Shiva, Vishnu, and Hanuman

Margazhi hosts significant festivals honoring Shiva, Vishnu, and Hanuman. Vaikunta Ekadasi on December 23, 2023, marks a key celebration, joined by the observances of Hanuman Jayanti on January 11, 2024, and the spiritually enriching Arudra Darshan on December 27, 2023.

Srirangam's Sacred Reverie: Thiruvaimozhi Chanting

The Srirangam Sri Ranganatha Temple becomes a center of devotion during Margazhi, with the chanting of Thiruvaimozhi. This monumental work of 4000 verses, extolling the glory of Lord Narayana, is recited during the 'Pagal Pathu' and 'Rapathu,' spanning the ten days leading up to Vaikunta Ekadasi.

Ayyappa Pilgrimage Culmination and Auspicious Days

Margazhi also marks the conclusion of the Sabarimala Ayyappa Temple pilgrimage. Noteworthy dates include :

Vaikunta Ekadasi : December 23, 2023

Arudra Darshan : December 27, 2023

Hanuman Jayanti : January 11, 2024

Bhogi Pongal : January 14, 2024.

Additionally, Amavasya falls on January 11, 2024, and Murugan Sashti fasting is observed on December 18, 2023.

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