Thiruvathira Festival is an important celebration in Kerala. In 2020, Thiruvathira festival date is January 10 & December 30. Also known as Arudra Darisanam, this festival falls on Thiruvathira Nakshatram day in Dhanu Month of Malayalam calendar.
On the same day in Tamil Nadu, Arudra Darisanam is celebrated. It is the special day for Shiva Puja. The literal meaning of ‘Thiruvathira’ also says as it is the best day for Lord Shiva Puja.
Married women pray to Lord Shiva for health and longevity of their husbands. Unmarried girls offer special prayers to get good husbands.
‘Thiruvathira Pattu’ (a song sung during Thiruvathirai), ‘Thiruvathirakkali’ or ‘Kaikottikali’ (a dance form performed during Thiruvathira) and ‘Pathirapoochoodal’ are the several aspects of cultural extravaganza of Thiruvathira festival in Kerala.
The first Thiruvathira festival after marriage for a couple (mainly woman) is known as ‘Puthen Thiruvathira’ or ‘Poothiruvathira’. It has great significance in terms of celebrations.
Thiruvathira festival is also associated with ‘Tharakasura Samharam’ by Lord Subramanya (Kartikeya). Lord Shiva, Goddess Parvathi, Subramanya Swamy and Kamadeva are worshipped on this festival.
Panchangam, 10 January 2020
Suryodayam (Sunrise) 07:14 Suryastamaya (Sunset) 17:54
Chandrodayam (Moonrise)17:35 Chandrastama (Moonset)00:00
Paksha (Fortnight) Shukla Paksha
Tithi (Lunar Day) Purnima – 24:50*
Nakshatra Ardra – 14:48
Yoga Indra – 16:47
Karana Bava – 24:50*
Purnimanta Month Paush
Amavasyanta Month Paush
Shaka Samvatsara: Vikari
Vikram Samvat Varsha: Paridhavi
Rahu Kalam: 11:14 – 12:34
Gulika Kalam: 08:34 – 09:54
Yama Gandam: 15:14 – 16:34
Ravi Rashi (Sun Sign) Dhanu
Chandra Rashi (Moon Sign) Mithuna
Abhijit: 12:12 – 12:55
Time to Avoid
Varjyam Kalam 26:09* – 27:40*
Durmuhurthams: 12:55 – 13:38
Thiruvathira Festival in Previous Years
In 2018, Thiruvathira festival date is January 2 & December 23.
In 2017, Thiruvathira festival date was January 11.
In 2015, Thiruvathira festival date was January 5 & December 26.
In 2013, Thiruvathira festival date was December 18.
In 2012, Thiruvathira festival date was January 8 & December 28.