Purattasi is the sixth month of the Tamil calendar, correspondingly falling between mid-Sep to mid-Oct of the Gregorian calendar. The month is sacred and dedicated to Lord Venkateswara.
The month got its name from the star(s) on the Full Moon Day – Poorattadhi (Purva Phalguni) or Uttrattadhi (Uttra Phalguni). As per the sacred texts, Lord Maha Vishnu took the form Venkateswara and descended to the Earth plane during the Purattasi month to preserve the universe when the Kali Yuga comes to an end.
During this month, several spiritual events like the annual Brahmotsavam happen at the Tirumala Tirupati temple. Moreover, during Purattasi month, people abstain from consuming non-vegetarian dishes. Significantly, the Saturdays falling in this month are considered very auspicious.
Devotees throng the Thirumala temple in large numbers and observe fast during the Saturdays of the Purattasi month.
This year Purattasi month starts on September 17, 2021 (Friday) and ends on October 18, 2021. The days of the Saturday Purattasi Viratham for the year 2021 are below
- September 18, 2021
- September 25, 2021
- October 2, 2021
- October 9, 2021
- October 16, 2021
A long time ago, there lived a poor potter named Bheeman in the sacred town of Tirupati. He was an ardent devotee of Lord Vishnu and had taken a vow to observe fast every Saturday in honor of Lord Venkatachalapathy. However, as he was busy all day and had none to assist him, he couldn’t find time to visit the temple and have the Lord’s darshan.
As a solution to the problem, he decided to bring the Lord nearer to him and made a clay idol of Lord Venkateswara. As he was poor, Bheeman found it difficult to buy fresh flowers for the Lord, so he made flowers from the left-over clay and hung them in garlands on the clay Venkateswara idol.
His poor state of affairs made it impossible for poor Bheeman to offer sweets and other delicious dishes as Prasad to the Lord; all he could contribute to the Lord was the humble curd rice that he ate. King Thondaimaan, who ruled the areas around Tirupati back then, was also an ardent devotee of Lord Venkateswara. He used to visit the temple every Saturday and adorn the deity in gold chains. But when he came the following Saturday, he would find garlands of clay flowers adorning the Lord’s idol. Thondaimaan came to suspect the priests of stealing the garlands made of gold. However, Lord Vishnu appeared to him in a dream and told him about the potter and his devotion.
King Thondaiman send out men in search of the potter. The soldiers brought Bheema to the King, who praised his devotion and offered him financial aid. Bheema refused to accept all that and said to the King that worshipping the Lord itself was more than enough for him. King Thondaimaan, impressed by the piety of the potter, from then on, passed a decree that offerings to Lord Venkatachalapathy during the Purattasi month were to be made in a clay pot.
Thus, even when a grand feast is cooked and offered to Lord Venkateswara, the devotees always keep a clay pot of curd rice among the offerings.
Purattasi fasting procedure