I am Margazhi

I am Margazhi

Amma:- “ Shrilekha, tomorrow Marghazhi starts. Naivedhyam kagu Pongal Senjikko!”

Me:- Ok, Amma!

Misty Sunday morning followed, and there was indeed an absolute divinity in the atmosphere. The morning was like never before. A flock of people went on singing what is called “Thirupavai” along the road. Barefoot they were all decked in white veshtis! What a heartwarming recitation it was on the otherwise cold morning.Thirupavvai is the work of the Alwar saint “Andal” who was an ardent devotee of Lord Vishnu.

No wonder the verse 35 – chapter 10  of Bhagwat Gita says:-

बृहत्साम तथा साम्नां ( Brhatsama tatha samnam )

गायत्री छन्दसामहम्। (Gayatri chandasamaham )

मासानां मार्गशीर्षोऽहमृतूनां कुसुमाकरः।।10.35।।

(  Masanam  margasirso Hamrtunam kusumakarah )

Amongst the hymns in the Sāma Veda know me to be the Brihatsama; amongst poetic meters, I am the Gayatri. Of the twelve months of the Hindu calendar I am Margsheersh, and of seasons I am spring, which brings forth flowers.
Today, we welcome the first day of Tamil month of Marghazhi! The month of inner peace and tranquility.The month when we can easily connect with HIM.
The month of music-Marghazhi utsavam!

music margazhi

The composers Tyagaraja, Muthuswamy Diskshitar, Shyama Shastri

The art form of music has always connected us to the divine. The various “kutcheries” Tamil word for music programs arranged in this particular month are instrumental to attain our higher selves by connecting to Him-the Marghazhi. He is the listener, and HE is the vocalist. The love for Music (Carnatic and Hindustani) abounds in Chennai when it comes to Marghazhi. The various Sabhas like Narada Gana Sabha, the Music Academy, the Brahma Sabha arrange various music programs in this month to promote and propagate the Carnatic and Hindustani music.

Rangolis, kolams are a beautiful sight to the eyes and the naivedhyam of Pongal makes this month even more pleasant.

God exists in all forms. God is the source of all: to know Him is to know all.

Hope you all have a Fantastic Marghazhi…



Shrilekha Arun, The author is an ardent Vishnu devotee. Her daughter Anusuya, her four-legged Best friend Caramel keep her engaged. She is excited about her new organic vegetable garden.


Snehal Joshi

Snehal is a Certified Nutrition Coach by National Academy of Sports Medicine. She is writing about her persuits of Nutrition Science since last 4 years.

  • Shilpa
    Posted at 15:19h, 16 December


    • admin
      Posted at 18:39h, 16 December

      Keep visiting and reading! Thank you so much.

  • Ramakrishnan
    Posted at 18:32h, 16 December

    Margazhi is supposed to be the early morning for Devas/ God’s as it is the dawn of the day. Our one year is one day for them. Everyone would desire to wake up in a splendid surroundings. Are we not pleased to hear the birds’chirps or some good melodious song when we wake up in the morning. Likewise we sing hymns, music, bhajans while the Gods are about to wake up. That is how Music Festival is held during this month. Two other portant events are there during Margazhi. One is Vaikunta Ekadasi when the Vishnu bhaktas want to get the blessings of Naraysna when the a Heavenly Gates ( SORGA VAASAL) is opened. Another one is ARUDRA DARISANAM, which is attributed to SHIVA and he makes the celestial dance. By your physical activities of singing and going round the streets in town in the early morning, you ward off the chillness.

    • admin
      Posted at 18:38h, 16 December

      Thank you appa. This was a real nice piece of information. We need your encouragement always.

  • Sandhya Manikandan
    Posted at 18:36h, 16 December

    Beautiful depiction of Margazhi

    • admin
      Posted at 18:38h, 16 December

      Thank you Sandhya.. Keep reading!

  • Vinothkumar
    Posted at 20:21h, 16 December

    I am very much Happy to write a comment about this blog it was awesome especially on Thirupavai” along the road. Barefoot they were all decked in white veshtis! What a heartwarming recitation it was on the otherwise cold morning.Thirupavvai is the work of the Alwar saint “Andal” who was an ardent devotee of Lord Vishnu.

  • Vinothkumar
    Posted at 20:23h, 16 December

    I am expecting more information on this my best wishes to you

  • Pavithra Murugan
    Posted at 21:01h, 16 December

    I m Marghazhi brings vivid pictures in my mind. With all the Info shared, one can’t ignore to notice our lady of the household waking up as early as 4am to light the Diya or what we south Indians name it.. Kuthuvilaku.. To mark the beginning of a cold yet beautiful, musical and joyous Marghazhi.. And oh the togetherness of drawing kai Kolams the previous night lights up the otherwise deserted streets in the past months with ladies embarking on journey to see whose kolam is the most beautiful!!! Indeed Marghazhi has arrived!!!!

    • admin
      Posted at 21:41h, 16 December

      Thank you for your comment. 🙂

      • admin
        Posted at 21:42h, 16 December

        Thank you for your elaborate comment Vinoth. Will surely write more.

  • Priya Kandhadai
    Posted at 21:29h, 16 December

    Beautifully written!!

    • admin
      Posted at 21:41h, 16 December

      Thank you so much.

    Posted at 23:07h, 16 December

    Nice! Good to see some sanskrit, which I remember from our school days! 🙂

    • admin
      Posted at 11:45h, 17 December

      Thank you Srinivas. Keep reading.

  • B.karpagam
    Posted at 09:54h, 17 December

    Superb. Keep up your good work. Dwelve deep & give us little nuggets of information which would be of immense use to us. These capsules are necessary to keep us going. So …… you keep coming with more & more blogs like these. The views of others are also good, particularly the one by Shri. Ramakrishnan. Awesome!!!. Srileka & Snehal.

    • admin
      Posted at 11:45h, 17 December

      Sure! Thank you so much!

  • subhash joshi
    Posted at 12:10h, 17 December

    very nicely written

  • Radikha
    Posted at 14:02h, 17 December

    Beautifully written snehal!!! Brought back my childhood memories 🙂

  • Surya Panicker
    Posted at 20:50h, 17 December

    Beautiful read 🙂

  • Saurabh I
    Posted at 08:48h, 18 December

    Very good blog. I did not know about this. Thank you. Creative writing helped me imagine the environment, joy this might bring to you and others.

  • Prashant D. Girhe
    Posted at 13:56h, 18 December

    hallo, ma´´ nice note written by u. but its not clear deeply. nice journy by all of u. i m very happy.