Purattasi Month 2017 – Significance of Saturn in this month

Purattasi Month 2017 is from September 17 to October 17. Special pujas and prayers are observed on Saturdays in Purattasi month to please Shani Bhagavan. Navaratri festival in 2017 is observed this year in Purattasi month 2017.

  • Navratri festival begins on September 21.
  • Shiva Pradosham dates are on September 17 and October 3.
  • Purattasi Ammavasai is on September 19. Last day of Pitri Paksha called the Mahalaya Paksha or Pitra Paksha.
  • Muruga Shashti Fasting is on September 26
  • Purattasi Pournami is on October 5.
  • Special prayers are offered at the Srirangam Ranganathaswamy Temple in Purattasi Month.
Purattasi Shani dates in 2017 are
  • SEP 23rd SAT – First Purattasi Sani
  • SEP 30th SAT – Second Purattasi Sani
  • OCT 07th SAT – Third Purattasi Sani
  • OCT 14th SAT – Last Purattasi Sani

Purattasi is the name of a month in Tamil Callender that falls after Aavani. Purattasi month, is the month for Special Poojas/Aaradhanas in temples. Especially to Lord Vishnu. This is the month when Special Aaradhana’s/Maha Utsavams are done for Shri Balaji at Tirupathi.

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Shri Shaneeswaran is said to reduce his negative power during this month. Hence the best phase to propitiate Shani.

As well, the day of Saturday would be considered the most auspicious in this month of Purattasi as the day is associated with Mahavishnu. Worship of Mahavishnu and Anjaneyar/hanumanji is generally done in this day in any month. This Purattasi month been dedicated in reverence of MahaVishnu.

Devotees offer Ghee or Ellu Lamp to Lord Shani in the month. Navagrahas are also worshipped in the month. The popular belief is that Lord Shani loses his powers in the month and therefore he can be easily pleased.

What is done on saturdays in the Purattasi Month 2017
Wehat Flour Dough Diya

Wheat Flour Dough Diya

Lamp (Maavilakku) is lit for Lord Venkateshwara. Generally this is done on any one of the Saturdays, on the first, third or fifth Saturday of Purattasi. Navaratri Saturdays and Malayapaksham Saturdays should be excluded. The lamp is made up of rice flour, jaggery,Ghee. While lighting the lamp one must chant- “Govinda, Govinda” and observe fasting till it goes off. The reason behind this ceremony is that the entire Dakshinayana (Mid July to Mid January) period is said to be the night time for the Devas. During these time, it is entirely devoted to prayer, offering and pooja etc. When the Dakshinayana begins during Mid July, the Tamil month Aadi begins. All the following six months of Dakhsinayan is full of festivities and celebrations to the Lord. Beginning from the first Friday of Aadi, then Varalakshmi Vratham, Gokulashtami, Vinayakar Chathurthi, Deepavali, Navaratri, begins.

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During every Saturday of the Purattasi month, it is said that Lord Sri Balaji expects his devotees to come closer to his hills for his darshan and those who could not afford to travel at length, he beams himself through the light of this specific Mavilakku. Thus, a devotee is expected to get His Lord’s Darshan without climbing the seven hills of Tirumala Tirupati. Also, the carbon emanated through the mixture of rice flour and cow’s ghee is said to remove all the ill radiations and negative vibrations from one’s home.

Purattasi month is called as Ashwin Month by North Indians. The month is considered auspicious on account of the following reasons.

  • Mahalaya Paksha or Pitru paksha falls in this period. In the Puranas there’s a true story of an account of how important this period and day really is. The renowned hero of the Mahabharata, Karna (the Pandavas half brother), when he passed on, he ascended to the heavenly planets and the great charity he had performed in his lifetime was returned to him a hundred fold. But, it was all gold and silver; there was no food, as he had not done any food-charity! He prayed to the god of death (Lord Yamaraja). So, he was sent back to earth for 14 days, to make up for this deficiency.  For 14 days, he fed Brahmins and the poor, and offered oblations of water. On his return to the heavenly planets, he had food in plenty. It is these 14 days that are commemorated in the Mahalaya Paksha culminating in Mahalaya Paksha Amavasya.
  • Mahalaya paksha is followed by Devi Paksha. Goddess Durga visits the Earth during Navrathri. 
  • Shri Shaneeswaran  is said to reduce his negative power during this month. Hence the best phase to propitiate Shani. Shri Shanidev on this day is believed to bless all those who suffer from chronic illness, financial losses and delay in marriage etc. Shani grants good health, longevity, leadership, authority, ambition, wisdom and immense wealth to his devotees. The people who come under the influence of shani (sade sati,dhaiyya, panoti, Mahadasha) can achieve great authority in all spheres of life. Lord Srinivasa took his avatar in Purattasi when Sani is said to reduce his negative power during this month as he is pleased with the spirituality of this period due to both Pithru Kaaryams and Deva Kaaryams are performed.
  • Worshipping Vishnu, Fasting on Purattasi Saturday would please Sani graha) During the Month of Purattasi, Pithru kaaryam are performed as Mahalaya Paksha Tarpanam with water and Gingelly seeds (Ellu) to please Pithrus who descent to earth to their ordained rites from their descendants as Kanya Rasi represent South (dakshinayanam) since Pitru Loka is in southern Hemisphere.
  • Purattasi starts when, according to vedic astrology- Sun known as the Atma Karaka Kanya Rasi where Venus/Shukra, the natural enemy of the Sun attains Neecha (debilitation) and Budha/Mercury, Lord of this Rasi goes uchcha(exaltation) both by default. Sukra denotes material life/enjoyment which are kept away during this month and the austere work like Pitru Karya etc are performed in this period.
  • Kanya Rasi denotes Earth and on Navarathiri celebrated in Purattasi Sri Bhudevi is worshipped first along with other goddess on all 9 days. Radha Janmashtami also falls in this period) Mahalaya Amavasya day is the day of Ancestors worship for all Hindus irrespective of Caste/Creed cutting across Linguistic/Local Customs. Sani is pleased during this period when food is offered to Ancestors in Different forms as Sun is Pitru karagha and father of Sani graha.
  • Lord Sri Srinivasa (Balaji) Avatar star is Sravanam which is in Makara Rasi owned by Saturn. Makara Rasi also denotes Earth in element and denotes our Karma Bhumi.
As well, the day of Saturday would be considered the most auspicious in this month of Purattasi as the day is associated with Mahavishnu. Worship of Mahavishnu and Anjaneyar is generally done in this day in any month. This Purattasi month been dedicated in reverence of MahaVishnu.
Saneeswaran Purnalankaram

Saneeswaran Purnalankaram

Saneeswaran Dugdha Alankaram

Saneeswaran Dugdha Alankaram

Saneeswaran Chandana Abhishekam

Saneeswaran Abhishekam



  1. kajaroganan says:

    I need some one advise , Are we allowed to perform pooja to Shani Bahavan on Saturdays which falls during navarathiri 9 days. Some believe we shouldn’t. This year first two Saturdays falls within navarathiri 9 days. Any Hindu Scholars around please clear this doubt. Thank you.

  2. Barathan Seshachalam says:

    I need an advise regarding an auspicious to do Ganpathi Homam in the month of Purattasi (Tamil) 2017.

    Please advise me by Email


  3. Madhumitha says:

    What is the exact good time to do Pooja?? In calendar they have given like 3.pm is good time. Is it fine?? Or before 1.30?? 1.30 to 3pm emagandam

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