Panguni Uthiram

Panguni Uthiram Festival

Panguni Uthiram is a day of importance to Tamil Hindus as the Uthirim nakshatram coincides with the full moon. Full moon signifys the marriage of Parameswara (Lord Shiva) and Parvathi, Murugan and Deivanai and Aandaal and Rangamannar. In Valmiki Ramayana it is said that it is on this day and star that Sita’s marriage with Rama was celebrated. This auspicious day falls on the twelfth month of the Tamil solar calendar which is Panguni (March–April). It is the full moon of the month of Panguni.

This day is intended to underline the glory of grahasta dharma (or the married life of a householder). It is our duty to celebrate this day when the Lord, in both Shiva and Vishnu temples appears to devotees in married state.

However, on Panguni Uthiram in places where Lord Subrahmanya has a temple his devotees carry a kavadi in fulfillment of vows. Hundreds of devotees flock to Murugan temples during the Panguni Uthiram festival celebrated in March every year. It is believed that it is on this day Lord Subramanya married Sri Deivanai.

History Panguni Uthiram

The Holy Tree Sri Balasubramaniar Temple has been celebrating the Panguni Uthiram Festival since 1967. From its humble beginning of six pal kavadis, it has grown to a festival of 196 alagu kavadis, 130 pal kavadis, 1562 pal kudams in 2004. It is heartening to see the number of kavadis increasing from year to year. An event of this magnitude is complex and difficult to organise without the understanding and cooperation of the devotees and various Local Authorities.

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