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!
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.