The word "Thirumanjanam" means Holy bath. Aani Thirumanjanam (Tamil month spanning June-July) is a special day (Uthram Nakshtram) when an Abhishekam is performed for Lord Nataraja. It is believed that Lord Nataraja gives darshan to his devotees in the months Aani and Margazhi. The Lord's form demonstrates his five-fold functions as creation, preservation, destruction, concealment and salvation.
The rattle (udukkai) in his right hand represents creation; his raised right arm with the open palm (abhaya hastam) protection; his left hand holding fire destruction; his firmly placed foot concealment; and his other, slightly lifted, leg salvation. Lord Nataraja is given six abhishekams in a year. Earth takes 365 days to complete one full circle around the sun.
That duration of Tamil months is divided into six
seasons - Marghazhi-Thai: early winter; Maasi-Panguni: late winter;
Chittirai-Vaikasi: early summer; Aani-Aadi: high summer; Avani-Purattasi:
autumn; Aippasi-Karthikai: rainy season. This six-season year of humans is said
to be one day for the immortals. These are when the six daily poojas (Kaala
Pooja) in temples are performed. During each of these six parts, an Abhishekam
has been ordained for Lord Nataraja. One of these is Ani Thirumanjanam, the
pradosha abhishekam on the evening of the day of Uthiram star in the Tamil
month of Aani (June-July).
Significance of Tamil Month Purattasi Solar month is full of devotional month and no marriage celebration will take place during that month. The Full moon day falls on the star Puratadhi/Uthiratadhi (Aquaries /Pisces zodiac) but the Purattasi Saturdays are very important and special prayers are done for Tirupathi Venkatachalapathy with people following many Vrathams and pujas with various offerings like Chakara Pongal etc.
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