In Tamil Nadu, Margazhi Month comes in between December and January. It usually starts around Dec 16 and ends around Jan 15. Usually, in front of every home in Tamil Nadu during this month, women draw a Rangoli or Kolam, it could be in any form either geometrical figures or some other patterns. I was wondering, why this is followed, especially during that month, after surfing, I got some promising explanation from sadhguru blog. I would like to share that with you all as well.
“Margazhi is a time to bring balance and stability to the system.”
At this time of year, the planet Earth is closest to the sun. In the northern hemisphere, this should have been the hottest month, but it is the coolest because the northern face of the planet is facing away from the sun. The closeness to the sun renders an angle where the sun’s rays are diffused as they hit the planet. They fail to warm the earth as they would have if it were a little away.
That is the effect the Margazhi month has on the human system – it pulls you from the base.
This is a time when men will do what generally women are supposed to do, and vice versa. In Tamil Nadu, men will go on Nagarasankeertan; they will sing and practice devotion. The feminine always pays maximum significance to an object’s color and outer form. In this month, women practice geometry – not on paper, but in front of their homes, drawing Geometrical figures or kolams.
Because of a general pull downward, If you plant a seed, the growth will be slowest at this time, and it will not sprout very well. This is also a good time particularly for those suffering from psychological imbalances because the sun’s energy is pulling downward, and they can stabilize themselves.
Now I understood, there is always a reason why our ancestors had this as a tradition. Again this year my mom and my cousin sisters had sent me the kolams that they had put. I shared their designs here.
Let us hope our future generations also follow tradition. 🙂