Maasi Magam, often referred as Maasai Magam is one of the important festivals of Hindu people living across Tamil Nadu. Maasi Maham falls in the Tamil month of Maasi (Feb - Mar) and is considered as an auspicious day by Tamilians living all over the world. Maham or Magam is actually a star according to the Indian Vedic astrology.
Maasi Maham is one of the worthiest days that could help people to attain spiritual refinement. The primary ritual on the day of Maasi Magam is the ceremonial bath given to temple idols in sea, river, lake or pond.
Masi Maham will be celebrated on Monday, February 22, 2016
The festivities and rituals of Masi Magam differ from temple to temple across the state, but the day is celebrated in full swing as large numbers of people throng the temples to fete the holy day.
The primary theme behind the day is that Masi Magam is one of the most potent full phases of the moon which coordinates with the star Magam.The star of Magam is believed to be the star of emperors and forefathers. As the full phase of the moon coordinates with Magam is quite uncommon and comes about only once in a twelvemonth, it simply intends the visit of heavenly beings to the earth. The souls of our forefathers come along to earth to get pure or free of guilty conscience and sinfulness and offer blessings to people.
Masi Magam prayers and observation bring in lots of prosperity as the day witnesses a unique association of full moon with Magam (star). Furthermore, it is widely believed that Masi Magam is the perfect day to forget about our self-importance, hatred and wrath and surrender at the feet of the almighty. The day is considered to be the most advantageous day to get the blessings of god and goddesses and to gain positive energy.
The temple idols are carried to the sea, river, lake or pond and given a ceremonial bath followed by numerous rituals and pujas. It is strongly believed that people who take a holy dip in the water bodies on this auspicious day will achieve liberation from the cycle of death and rebirth (Moksham). Once in twelve years, Masi Magam reaches exceptional grandness, which is celebrated as Maha Magam or Maha Maham in a very grand manner. As a matter of fact, Maha Maham is considered as the Kumbamela of South India.