Mahodhaya Maha Punniya Kalam – MUST-READ


Thanks to Smt Mahalakshmi mami in sharing this with me. HH Balaperiyava had asked mami to ensure that the mahodhaya mahatmiyam is known to everyone and He had asked mami to spread the message to all devotees.

Mahodhayam is much more important than kumba-mela. Kumba-mela happens every 14 years and this mahodhayam happens after 144 years. Although Mahodhyam is going to happen on Feb 8th, it technically starts 3 months prior as I understand. Attending a kumbabishekams – that too for a great kshetram like Vedaranyam is a huge punyam. During the punya kaalam, take a snanam wherever we are thinking about the punyakalam, we get all the benefits.

Sri Dikshitar is going to speak about this in Vedaranyam kumbabishekam and we will get the video recording of it and share it here….

Brahmasri Sundaresa Dikshitar, a maha-vidwan has given some highlights of this punya dhinam. I will be posting about this great vidwan separately along with his video.

Sri Ramajayam

Our Motherland Bharatha Desam has a very proud heritage and culture. It has a lot of ancient temples, sadgurus, divya desams, and holy rivers. Every place here in this nation has rich spiritual significance where by people visit these Kshethrams, worship the Devathas, attain both material and spiritual benefits all the way till Moksha. We have seen and heard many of them in our own experiences.
The Vedas, Puranas, and all our ancient scriptures emphasize the importance of holy rivers such as Ganga, Yamuna, Saraswathi, Godhavari, Krishnaveni, Tungabadhra which has their own unique spiritual significance, has the power to gives us the immense punnya (meritorious deed), destroys our sins, cure our diseases, and ailing’s. We need to take bath in those sacred rivers and try to attain all the benefits and moksham.
There are many auspicious times. Out of those, ‘Arthodhaya Punniya Kaalam’ and ‘Mahodhaya Punniya Kaalam’ is a very rare happening and come once every several decades.

‘Mahodhaya Maha Punniya Kalam’ is a very rare happening and is considered an extremely auspicious day. It occurs this coming 25th Thai Amavasya, Manmadha Varusham (Feb. 8, 2016). ‘Mahodhaya Punniya Kaalam’ is a day when the following attributes align together in a single day:

Thithi Amavasya
Nakshathiram Thiruvonam
Yogam Vyathi Patham
Month Maagam
Vaaram Soma (Monday)


The alignment of these above attributes is a very rare phenomenon. If the same set of attributes align on Sunday (Vaaram) it is called ‘Arthodhaya Maha Punniya Kalam’. The last occurrence happened several decades back so we can realize what a significant day this is.

During this auspicious time, one needs to do Snanam, Shradham, Dhanam, Tharpanam, Puja, and Vratham. Whoever takes bath in holy rivers during ‘Mahodhaya Punniya Kalam’ won’t have Garba Vasam (birth through uterus), Brahmahathi Dosham will be destroyed, gets rid of all sins, acquire wealth, will attain Indira Lokham as well as Mukthi.
One who offers ‘Pindam’ even of the size of a mustard to ancestors on this day will be peaceful and content till Surya and Chandra are there. Offering ‘Pindam’ (equivalent to ‘Vanni’ leaf) to Pithrus (ancestors) with Bhakthi and Shraddha will get rid of their sins, go to heaven and then proceed to Moksham.
One is called a ‘Sath Pathram’ if he observes Aachaaram, Thapas, Vedam, listening to Vedanta, Siva Puja, doing upanyasam on Puranas. We have to go above and beyond and give dhanam to people (Sath Pathram) with this quality. If we cannot find any Sath Pathram’s at that time we need to think about him in our minds, give our offerings through our mind and then physically offer those on a later date. One who does Snanam at this time will get rid of sins including thanks giving. One who does Snanam at this time will pierce through the Surya Mandalam and reach Brahma Lokham. We need to give Arghiyam (Water Oblation) at this time. Chant the sloka below and give Arghiyam:

“Dhiwakaraa Namaste Asthu Tejoraathe Jagadpadhe |
Athri Gothra Samuthpanna Lakshmi Devyaaha Sagodhara Argam Grahanaa Bhavannu Sudha Kumbha Namasthuthe

Vidhir Paadha Mahaa Yoginnu Mahaa Paadhaha Naadhasanaa Sahasthra Baaho Sarvaathmannu Irahanaagyam Namasthuthe

Thithi Nakshathira Vaaranam Adhishaa Parameswaraa Maasa Roopa Grahaa Naagyam Kaala Roopa Namasthuthe”
Offer food to fourteen (14) people and give Gho Matha (cow), Gruham (house) as Dhanam, based on what one can afford. There are few slokas for doing this as well:
“Nakshathraanaam Athipadhe Devaanaam Amruthapradhaa Thraagimaam Rogini Gaantha Kalaakesha Namasthuthe Dheena Naadha Jagan Naadha Kala Naadha Kirupaakara Thothipaadha Padma Yugale Bhakthi Rasthu Asalaanama Vyathipaadha Namasthe Asthu Soma Suriya Agni Sannibha Yathigaanathy Grutham Kinjithu Thadhu Akshayam Ihaasthume Arthinaam Kalpa Vrukesi Vaasudeva Janaardhanaa Maasalar Ruthu Ayana Kaalesaa Paabam Samayaa Mehare Sravarkeshu Jagannadha Jennarkkeshaa Thavaa Kosavaa Yanmaya Thattham Arthipyahaa Thatharkishyam Igaasthume”

Pray for Dhana Balam and then do Shradham and Tharpanam. All the above said Dhanams will yield rich dividends. Doing Snaanam in holy places such as Rameswaram will give us Maha Punniyam. Listening to this narration itself will get rid of our deadly sins.
Doing Snanams (head bath) in ‘Vedhanadhi’ also called as ‘Sannidhi Kadal’,
in Vedaranyama Vedapureeswarar temple theertham inside the temple is called as ‘Manikarnikai Theertham’, ‘Rudrakodi Kadal Theertham’ located in the south bottom of the temple, and ‘Aadthi Sethu Kadal Theertham’ are considered very auspicious.
Doing Dhanams and Tharpanams in ‘Dhanushkoti’ is equal to living in the following Punniya Kshethrams for a year; Madhyarjunam, Kumbakonam, Mayiladudhurai, Vedaraynam, Chidambaram, Naimisaranyam, Sri Sailam, Sri Rangam, Vrudhachalam, Tirumalai, Kanchipuram, Vaideeswaran Kovil, Dakshina Kailasam. It reaps crores of benefits compared to what one accrues normally.
Any Punniya Karmas (Meritorious Deed) done on this day will result in billion times benefit. For example, doing a Gho Dhanam on this day is equivalent to doing crore Gho Dhanams.

Sath Karmas & Dhanams to be done on this day & Benefits:

  1. Dhanams to Sath Pathrams (Good Vedic Scholars), will accrue crore times the benefit.
  2. Gho Dhanam – Equivalent to doing crore Gho Dhanams than a normal day.
  3. Bhoo Dhanam – Same as above.
  4. Gruha Dhanam with groceries for one year – Attains Vaikuntam.
  5. Sethu Snanam (Rameswaram) on this day will ensure there is no Garbavasam (re-birth) and will attain Moksha.
  6. Doing Dhanams in Dhanushkoti is equal to living in the following Punniya Kshethrams for a year; Madhyarjunam, Kumbakonam, Mayiladudhurai, Vedaraynam, Chidambaram, Naimisaranyam, Sri Sailam, Sri Rangam, Vrudhachalam, Tirumalai, Kanchipuram, Vaideeswaran Kovil, Dakshina Kailasam. Good Children are born.
  7. Koti Janma Sins including  Pancha Maha Pabhams (Sins) are destroyed.
  8. Doing Dhanams will give 1000 Aswamedha Yaja benefits.
  9. Pithru Tharpanams done on this day is equivalent to doing crore times and help Pithrus attain Mukthi.
  10. Donate Panagam, Payasam, Banana Items, Chandanam, Umbrella, Jackfruit,
    Padhuka, Pathram, and Pushpam. This will give us the benefit of doing many Soma Yagnam’s.
  11. Dhanam’s done in Dhanushkodi is considered very auspicious.
  12. Doing Vishnu, Siva Puja’s on this day chanting Purusha Suktham, Sri Rudram, Chamakam respectively and do abishekams. Saturn and Sevvai  (Angaraga) doshams will be cleared and will not recur.

The above said is mentiond in Skanda Maha Puranam, Sethu Mahathmiyam, Brahma Kandam, 52nd Adhyaayam in detail for more than 100 Slokas.

-By Brahmashri. R. Sundararama Vaajapeyaaji Dikshitar

Ram Ram!!


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23 replies

  1. very very useful information.everyone should follow all these to get full benefit.thank you very much for this information.

  2. Sri Gurubhyo namaha!

    Thank you for the info.

    Month can be either pushya or magha for the Mahodaya or Ardhodaya occurence:

    For Houston USA:
    Feb 7th is Arthodaya
    Feb 8th (before 2:51AM) – is Mahodaya.
    Above info is based on the panchangam available in

    Jai SriMaatha

  3. very very nice and I need all the articles in tamil if possible

  4. very nice info on OCTOBER 11, 2015 and can I get it in Tamil ? so I can share with my people

  5. Thanks for the valuable guidance note.

  6. Very useful information. Maha Periyava ThiruvadigaLe CharaNaam! Hara Hara Shanakra, Jaya Jaya Shankara!

  7. Today I came to know that Shri kanchi Mutt is camping at Vedaranyam from 1st Feb to 8th Feb
    and Shri Periyava is proceeding after 8th Irulneeki and Kumbakonam.

  8. Namaskaaram. I need tamil version of above Mahodhaya maha punya kaalam message. Pl help me out.
    Some of my friends are unable to follow in English.

  9. Last mahodaya punya kalam came on 6th Feb 1989


    • Pandit Ravichandran from California (USA). The first preference as per shastra would be to go to Bharata Bhoomi for snanam in any holy river–my suggestion. In this mahodaya punya kalam day, the snanam is important in the holy river (since not available outside karma bhoomi, one can take full snanam in own home while chanting slokam like gangaycha yamuneychawa. The applicable person should perform tarpanam and they can give danam to sath vaidika’s. This much will help for our path of good life.

  11. Tell the English date on which this punya kalam falls..please..

  12. Hi, thanks for the info. Can this be checked please? As per Dhama Sindhu or Vaidhyanatha Deekshitham all the above are said for Arthodaya Puniya Kalam which happens with above combination on Sunday.

  13. An invaluable information for JANMA SAABALYAM of Human Being. A timely SOUL SAVING message, when the whole world is VERY FAST,finding no time for soul salvation. A big THAAAAAAAANKS to you.

  14. An invaluable information for JANMA SAABLYAM of human being. A timely message, when the entire universe is moving very fast, finding no time to think of SOUL SALVATION. Countless thanks.

  15. Koti koti namaskaram for such useful info.

  16. Thanks for the information… Sree Gurubhyo Namaha..

  17. Thanks for the Info

  18. Very nice n informative. Where do u live Mahesh. Can I hv yr contact info. – V.V. Ganesan : 98430 99389.

    Sent from my iPhone


  19. My understanding is Kumbabhishekam / Mahamaham occurs every 12 years when Planet Guru Bhagavan makes sanchara in Simha Rashi, Please correct me if I am wrong


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