Panguni Uthiram 2023 Date, Time, Rituals, and Significance
Panguni Uthiram is an important Tamil celebration held during the Panguni month (March – April). Panguni Uthiram 2023 date is April 5. Panguni Uthiram commemorates the nuptials of Hinduism’s most revered deities. The day is religiously significant because the Uthiram Nakshatra (star) corresponds with the full moon day (Poornima, or Purnima). In the bulk of Tamil Nadu’s Hindu Temples, this day is of great significance.
On this day, Nakshatram Uthiram coincides with the full moon, and it is thought that the majority of divine weddings occurred on this day. On Panguni Uthiram day, the marriages of Goddess Parvati and Lord Shiva, Goddess Deivayanai and Lord Murugan, and Goddess Sita and Lord Rama took place. Today is a unique occasion for lovely and heavenly weddings.
Panguni Uthiram 2023 Date
Wednesday, April 05, 2023
Rituals of Panguni Uthiram
- The idols are exquisitely adorned with precious stones and flowers. Devotees prepare a unique meal and serve it as prasadam.
- In addition to observing a strict fast, they perform prayers and unique chants such as Kanda Shashti Kavasam, Kanda Puranam, etc.
- Lord’s devotees accept various Kavadis (burdens) as a token of gratitude for his beneficence. Lord Muruga’s temples are brimming with devotees.
- Lord Muruga lavishly favours all those who have faith in him.
- All impediments in life will be eliminated, and Lord Muruga will diminish negativity and bring immense riches.
Mythology Behind Panguni Uthiram
Panguni Uthiram is significant to Lord Muruga because he wedded Deivanai, daughter of Lord Indra, on this day, despite other celestial weddings occurring on the same day. Also known as Devasena in Northern India, she was nurtured by Iravat, the white elephant belonging to Indra. On this day, all Murugan temples celebrate.
The Jayantipura Mahatmya describes the divine union of Lord Muruga and his wives, Valli and Deivanai. Both Deivanai and Valli were destined to marry Lord Muruga, per the Skanda Purana. They were raised as sisters, Amrithavalli and Sundaravalli, but were later rechristened as Devasena and Valli and had separate lives after being adopted by two different persons. Indra adopted the first daughter while the second daughter was given to a tribal monarch. Muruga got married to Deivanai when he defeated the terrible Demons. Later, with the assistance of his brother Ganesha, he married Valli and brought her to Thiruthani.
Significance of Panguni Uthiram
This day is observed by both Shaivite and Vaishnavite communities. Lord Shiva married Lord Parvathy on this day. Similarly, Murugan and Deivanai’s wedding took place on the same day. According to Tamil literature, Lord Rangamannar and the poet Andal were married on this date. As the wedding day of Lord Rama and Goddess Seetha, this day is also of great significance. Therefore, today is an unique day for weddings in the heavens.