Significance of Panguni Uthiram Festival
Panguni Uthiram is also known as “Meena Uthara-Phalguni” in Sanskrit. This day is observed on the transit of Moon in the star (Nakshatra) Uthara-Phalguni (also known as Uthiram) in the month of Panguni (March – April) in the Tamil calendar. According to the mythology, celestial weddings take place on this day and so Panguni Uthiram is known as the “Full Moon of Divine Marriages”.
The day connotes the wedding of Goddess Parvati and Lord Siva, Lord Muruga and Devasena and other celestial couples. According to Ramayana, it is on this day that Sita married Rama. Also, this is said to be the birthday of Lord Ayyappa. It is also believed that on this day, Goddess Mahalakshmi came to life on Earth from the ocean of milk which was churned by the Devas and the Demons on either sides and thus this day is also celebrated as Mahalakshmi Jayanti.
Panguni Uthiram is considered to be the right day to tackle all kinds of relationship problems and give an immeasurable boost when you join hands with your better half in life. Precisely, the joy of a loving and positive company is celebrated on the Divine Marriage Day, Panguni Uthiram. The divine combination of Uttaraphalguni star with the Full Moon on Panguni (Tamil month) drives away sufferings and anxiety in nuptial life. By worshipping the Divine Couples on this day, we can connect with their energy to alleviate our relationship troubles.
The “Panguni Utharam” is in actual fact a Siva Valipaadu day (special day to worship Lord Siva) that is celebrated in a big way in many Siva Temples in Tamil Nadu and elsewhere.
Mythlogically, the reason why “Panguni Uthiram” is celebrated is given by Katchiappa Sivaachariyar, who lived in the 9th century in Kanchipuram, TamilNadu. In his work, “Kantha Puranam”, he mentions that Lord Siva married Goddess Parvati (Sakthi) on the Panguni Uthiram day in Himalayas. Hence this day is considered to be holy to the Saivaites. The king of Himalayas, Himavaan met Lord Siva at Mount Kailash and gave consent to give his daughter Parvati in marriage to Lord Siva and invited him for the ceremony; which is the day of Panguni Uthiram
This day is also special for Lord Muruga and his devotees. On Panguni Uthiram, in all places where Lord Muruga has a temple, his devotees carry in a “kavadi” in fulfillment of vows. Devotees flock in hundreds to the Muruga temples. It is also considered important because this is the day when Lord Muruga married Devasena.
Panguni Uthiram is the day to eliminate doshas in nuptial life. If the marriage was not conducted on auspicious time and if there are any doshas, then this is the day to alleviate them. The day gives you an opportunity to strengthen and improve your relationship. This day can actually dissolve all doshas and negative influences that cause disturbances in family life