Auspicious Masi Magam removes all afflictions

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Masi Magam is a Tamil festival that occurs during the Tamil
month of Masi (February – March) on the day when the Purnima (full moon day)
aligns with the Magha star. While Masi Magam is celebrated year on year, the
festival of Maha Magam comes once in twelve years when the Jupiter transits to
the zodiac sign Leo on the Masi Magam day. 

Magha star
is the birth star of kings and royal personages. When moon comes in alignment
with this star on the full moon day of Masi Magam, a heavenly consciousness
pervades the entire earth from above. Holy rivers are endowed with more powers
on this day and therefore millions of pilgrims gather at the designated places
like Kumbakonam (a temple town in Tamilnadu) to take a dip in the sacred
wells. 

Masi Magam
is celebrated in all the temples especially in Tamilnadu. The main deities of
temples are taken in a colorful procession accompanied by music to the shores
of sea or holy rivers. Often the procession needs to cover several scores of
miles by foot which will take a few days. Multitudes of devotees throng at the
locations where the idols are brought in palanquins. The idols are given a
ceremonial bath (known as Theerthavari) at the designated places with all the
devotees gathered also taking a dip along with the deities. Pujas are performed
and Prasad is distributed to the participants.



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