Dhanurmas (धनुर्मास) is a name given to a period of two months beginning on the first of the month Margashirsha and ending on the new moon day of Pausha month of the Hindu Lunar calendar.

Etymology and significance

During this period the sun is in the Sagittarius or "धनु राशि"[1],the period when the sun passes from Sagittarius to Capricorn or "मकर राशि" is considered as a period of scarcity to the plenty in India[2].Feeding or giving alms to the deserving poor and Brahmins during this period is believed to confer great merit ie Punya[3].


  1. Jackson, A. M. T (2007). Folk Lore Notes. pp. ix. 
  2. Andhra Pradesh. 13. Andhra Pradesh (India) Department of Information and Public Relations. 1969. pp. 45. 
  3. Chalapati Rao, Gudlavalleti Venkata (1983). Sri Venkatachala, its glory. Tirumalai-Tirupati Devasthanam. pp. 83. 

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