Maasi Magam Festival 2013 Tamilnadu - Masi Magam
Masi Magam or Masi Makam is one of the most important Tamil Hindu festivals celebrated in Tamil Nadu and Kerala, especially by the Tamil speaking people. Every year, Masi Makam is celebrated on the full moon day of Makam nakshatra (Magam or Magha) on the Tamil month of Masi (February – March). Hence Masi Makam is observed on the full moon day, it is also called Masi Pournami. The date of Masi Magam festival 2012 is 25th February 2013.
On the auspicious day of Maasi Makam, temple idols of Gods, especially Lord Shiva, Goddess Shakti, and Lord Vishnu, are brought to the sea shore and ritually bathed. Thousands of devotees gather to get a glimpse of the holy ritual. After the ritual immersion the idols are returned to the respective temples in huge procession.
On Masi Makam day, all the households prepare payasam (rice pudding made with milk and sugar) and offer it to Lord Chandra (Moon God). It is believed that offering payasam to Lord Chandra on Masi Pourmani day attain good health and long life to Children.
Maha Maham or Maha Magam Festival
Once in every 12 years, apart from the full moon being in conjunction with the Makam Nakshatram in the month of Maasi, Planet Jupiter (Guru or Brihaspati graha) moves in to the Singa Rasi also takes place. This Masi Makam which is considered much auspicious and is called Maha Maham.
Masi Magam Festival Dates in Previous Years
In 2009, Masi Magam festival was on 9th March 2009.
The dates of Masi Magam 2010 festival was on 28th February 2010.
Maasi Magam 2011 was on 18th February 2011.
In 2012, the festival was on 7th March.
Masi Magam in Temples
Masi Makam Festival is observed with much pomp and splendor on Srirangam, Pondicherry, Mahabalipuram, and Kumbakonam and in numerous other temples in Tamil Nadu.