December 18, 2013, Today is Arudra Darshan, Arudra Darisanam, Thiruvathirai festival in Tamil Nadu. It falls on Thiruvadirai Nakshatra in Margazhi Month, mostly during Pournami tithi. This year, Arudra Darshan is taking place a day after Margazhi Pournami.
Arudra Darshanam is celebrated with utmost gusto in Thiruvannamalai Arunachaleswar Kovil, Chidambaram Natarajar Swamy Koil and Uthirakosamangai Shiva Temple in Ramanathapuram district of Tamil Nadu.
10-day temple festival is celebrated during Arudra Darshanam in Thillai Chidambaram Nataraja Temple. Maha Abhishekam is performed at 3 AM to Lord Nataraja and Goddess Sivakamasundari.
It is believed that Lord Shiva performs “Shiva Tandavam” (Cosmic Dance) on this day.
Arudra Darshanam festival is also celebrated in Kerala as Thiruvathira festival.