Arudra Darisanam 2012, Arudra Darshan at Thiruvannamalai Temple in Margazhi Masam

Thiruvannamalai temple

Thiruvannamalai temple

Arudra Darisanam or Arudra Darshan, also known as Thiruvathira festival, in the Tamil month of Margazhi or Margali masam is a celebration of the cosmic dance of Lord Shiva. Arudra Darisanam 2012 or Arudra Darshan festival 2012 date is January 8 & December 28. Click here for Arudra Darshanam 2013 date.

Tiruvoodal festival commemorates the quarrel between Annamalaiyaar and Unnamulai Amman. During the festival, a mock quarrel is staged between Annamalaiyaar and Unnamulai Amman in front of Sundaramurthy Nayanar in Tiruvoodal Street. Tiruvoodal Street is the most auspicious place where the annual event is celebrated.

During this mock quarrel, Goddess Parvati steps into the temple without Lord Shiva (Annamaliyaar), leaving him alone. Lord Shiva circumambulates (pradakshina) the Annamalai hill i.e. himself. While doing the pradakshina, he blesses Rishi Bhringi with liberation. Lord Shiva loses his jewelry in west side of Tiruvannamalai town and finds them in the eastern side of the town. He returns to the temple with jewelry the next morning.

Arudra Darisanam in 2010 was celebrated twice first is on January 1st and the second was on Decemebr 22nd. This was because Margali Masam came twice in that year. First one was 2009 – 2010 Tamil Year and the second one was in 2010 – 2011 Tamil Year. Arudra Darisnam festival is also known as Thiruvadirai or Thiruvathirai festival in other places of Tamil Nadu and Kerala.

{This article is contributed by Mr. Nagendra Prasath, from Karaikudi, Tamil Nadu. Thanks to him and we want his support forever}.

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  1. Ram says:

    This is a completely wrong information. Arudhra dharshan is not Thiruvoodal festival which is celebrated a day after Pongal. Arudhra dharshan is festival for Nataraja and the day is significant in thiruvannamalai as Manichavasagar composed Thiruvembavai which is recited in the temple during the tamil month Margazhi