Mandala Kaalam or Vrischika Punya Masa


Nov 1
6th or Vrischika 1, is the beginning of the Mandala Masa or when the Sun enters the First Degree of Scorpio, Vrischika. It is also known as Vrischika Masa Arambha and is considered holy for 41 days. This phase includes Guruvayur Ekadasi, Triprayar Ekadasi and Thrikarthika. It starts from Nov 17 and ends on Dec 27, in 2014. 

As the Kerala Astro Calendar differs from the Western, these dates fall on different Gregorian dates. 

 

Triprayar Ekadasi is on Nov 25th ( This is the 11th lunation in Waning Moon, Krishna Paksha ). After Full Moon

Guruvayur Ekadasi is on Dec 10th  ( This is the 11th Lunation in Waxing Moon, Shukla Paksha ). After New Moon

Thri Karthika is on Dec 12th. 

 

This is also known as the Sabari Mala Season, when pilgrims all over the world, visit the holy shrine of Sabari Mala. A special train, the Punalur Express, has been given the task of carrying Sabari Mala pilgrims to Guruvayur !  Ayyappas start the 41 day Vrata today. The Sabari Mala Temple remains open continuously for 41 days. The Temple closes with the Mandala Puja on Dec 27th. It remains closed for 2/3 days, but opens again on Makara Vilakku day, when Sun enters sidereal Capricorn, thus beginning his  Northern Solstice. 

 

There are other festivals also in this Holy Month.  

Vaikom Ashtami, on the Eighth Lunation in Vrischika at Vaikom Nov 21

The Day of Narayaneeyam, when Melpathur consecrated his magnum opus, the Narayaneeyam, to the Lord, on Dec 13th. 

Chakkulath Devi Temple Pongala, on Karthika day of Vrischika 12th December. 

Kaumara Shashti, the 6th Lunation in Vrischika. Famous as Kodakara Shashti and Eravimangalam Shashti. 

Thiruvathira Festival, when the Moon tenants the constellation of Aridra or Thiruvathira, in sidereal Sagittarius, Dhan, on 11 Jan.  

 

 

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The corresponding month in the Tamil Calendar is Karthika. Karthika is the constellation of Pleiades or the Seven Sisters ! Karthika is the lunar month in the Lunar Calendar and coincides with the solar ingress into Scorpio, Karthike Vrischikadhipa. 

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Thri Karthika is when the Moon is in the constellation of Pleiades or Karthika, in the sidereal month of Scorpio or Vrischika.

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Thrikarthika is widely celebrated in Kerala as Festival of Lights and is considered the Birthday of Lord Subramanya !

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In 2014, Thri Karthika day fell on Dec 5th, as 5th was Karthika in the month of Scorpio ! On this day after Sunset, all houses, temples and streets are decorated with oil lamps. Special food is prepared using Tapioca, elephant Yam and other tubers known as Karthika Puzhukku ! 

 

 

 

Birthday of the War Lord 

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This month is holy to all Lord Muruga devotees as Lord Subramanya was born as different babies and was looked after by the six Karthika stars.
The story goes on like this. Svaha, the wife of Agni, impersonated the six Kartika stars ( with the exception of Arundhati ) and gave birth to the six headed. Later, Goddess Parvati joined the six asterisms  and reunited the six babies  as  Kartik or Lord Muruga !

All homes are lit with lamps and this is known as Karthika Deepam, as Lord Siva gave his Vision as Fire to Brahma and Vishnu ! The Bharani day is worshipped as Maha Bharani ( 41 Arietis ) by lighting bonfires.  The light of the Moon and the lamps lit on earth complement each other, as Above so Below !  A glorious sight for the mystically oriented !

Ekadasi is the 11th Lunation, when the Moon is between 120 and 132 degrees of the Sun. Ekadasi is beloved to the Lord and is widely celebrated in Guruvayur and Triprayar. 

Ganga Geetha cha Gayatryapi cha Thulasi ka
Gopika chandanam tat
Salagramadi Puja Para Purusha Tadai

Ekadasi Nama Varna !
- Melpathur, Narayaneeyam

 

 

There is a strange festival called Fish Feeding, Meen Oottu, which means feeding the fishes of the river nearby. 

 

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                                                              Thriprayar Lord Rama Temple near the riverside.

 

 

 

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