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Information about Mahamaham or Maasi Magham or Kumbakonam 

Mahamaham festival is celebrated according to Tamil month of masi and according to english month february -march in the star of Magam in sauth indian town Kumbakanom Tamil Nadu states. It is an important day and annual festival for Tamilians around the world.The festival has archaeological and epigrahical evidence.Magam, is one of the twenty seven stars (Nakshatras) in the Hindu astrological system. A major ritual on the day is the bathing of Temple Idols in sea, pond or lake. Once in twelve years, Masi Magam attains special significance and then it is known as Maha Maham. Next Maha Maham is on 9th March-2028.Idols of gods and goddess that are worshipped in Temples are carried in a procession to sea shores, rivers or ponds. Pujas and rituals are held here and thousands of people gather to witness the auspicious event.Once in twelve years, when the planet Guru (Jupiter) enters Simha Rashi (Leo sign) a larger festival is celebrated at Mahamaham tank. Huge crowds gather at Kumbakonam to have a dip in the tank, along with saints and philosophers. The great Mahamaham festival, attracting lakhs of people from far and wide, is celebrated in honour of Lord and it takes place once in 12 years. It is celebrated on the conjunction of the moon with the Maha nakshatra and Jupiter crosses one Rasi or sign in about one year. It comes to Simha Rasi or Leo every 13th year and it is considered specially sacred. It is believed that on this auspicious day the tank receives supplies of water from the Ganges and eight other holy rivers and all the deities are said to remain present here on that occasion. The Tank is located in the heart of Kumbakonam town. It covers an area of 6.2 acres and is trapezoidal in shape. The tank is surrounded by 16 small Mandapams  and has 20 wells inside the tank. The names of the wells carry the name of Hindu god Shiva or that of Rivers of India. Govinda Dikshitar, the chieftain of Ragunatha Nayak of Thanjavur, constructed the sixteen Mandapams and stone steps around this tank.

Significance Maasi Magham Festival

This Masi Magha is called Maha Magha, as it happens only once every 12 years when Jupiter comes into the sign Leo. The Full Moon in the star of Magha, along with Jupiter in the sign Leo, is very powerful. Jupiter adds more auspiciousness to this day, and the planet Rahu will be along with the Moon and Jupiter. This day can even reduce the afflictions caused by Rahu, Ketu and Kala Sarpadoshas.
Worshiping the Archetypes Shiva and Muruga on this day will help bring royal consciousness and the confidence to move forward in life. We are performing special rituals at Kumbakonam that will help you clear the planetary afflictions and wash out any negative karma affecting you.
Moreover, the presiding deities for the star Magha are the Ancestors, or Pitris. Performing Tarpanam on this day will appease the ancestors too. Remedies performed on this day will help clear your sins and curses, and will bring you blessings to lead a healthy, peaceful, and joyful life.

Ritul and Legend of  Legend of  Maasi Magham Festival

One of the important rituals on this day is the procession of idols to the seashore or ponds for a holy bath. Long processions from different temples arrive at the sea shore with the idols of Lord Vishnu, Lord Shiva. Idols from Shakti temples are also brought to the seashore. Pujas and other rituals are held at the sea shore and thousands of devotees throng the sea shore on this day to offer prayer.
The most popular legend associated with this festival is related to Lord Shiva. It is believed that Lord Shiva appeared as a child before King Vallala of Tiruvannamalai who was an ardent devotee. The king had no child and Lord Shiva promised to perform his last rituals. The king died on a Masi Magam day and it is said that the Lord performed his last rites. Lord Shiva also blessed the king by saying that whoever bathes in the sea during Masi Magam will merge with him and will attain ‘mukthi.’ It is believed that every year the Lord visits the sea to perform the last rites of the king.
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