With mangalasasanams from HH Sri Chinna Jeeyar Swamiji, JET USA concluded Dhanurmasam at various centers by conducting pujas throughout the month and concluding with Sri Goda Ranganatha Kalyana Mahotsavam
Dec 16th 2017 to JAN 13th 2018
The start of Dhanurmasam is marked by the entry of the Sun into the zodiac sign of Sagittarius (Dhanur Rashi). This change from one rashi to another is called Dhanuh Sankramana, hence the name Dhanurmasam for this period. Dhanurmasam is also referred to as the Margasirsha or Marhazhi month. About 5000 years ago Goda Devi chose this month as appropriate to fulfill her divine desire. She imitated the Kathayayani Vrata of Gopikas for one month. Each day Goda Devi (Andal) composed one song and submitted to the lotus feet of the Lord. In 30 days she offered 30 songs in the form of a wonderful garland to the Lord. These thirty songs or pasurams are collectively called Tiruppavai. At the end of the vratam, Lord Sri Ranganatha appeared to Vishnu Chittha and ordered him to give Andal in marriage. The Lord sent a palanquin to bring Goda Devi. In this month worship of Lord Vishnu during the morning hours is considered highly auspicious. Goda Ashttoram, Tiruppalliyezhuchhi, Tiruppavai etc. are chanted during this period. We imitate Goda Devi and perform vratam to get the grace of Lord Sri Krishna and conclude Dhanurmasam with Sri Goda Ranganatha Kalyanam on Bhogi day.