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Significance of Arudra darshanSoure:wiki and google
Arudhra Darshan or Arudara Darshan is observed in the Tamil month of Margazhi (December – January). It is essentially a Shaivite festival and celebrates the cosmic dance of Lord Shiva, which is represented by the Nataraja form. Arudra festival is celebrated with fervor in Lord Shiva temples in Tamil Nadu, Sri Lanka, Singapore, Malaysia, South Africa, Australia and in other parts of the world by Tamil speaking population.Arudhra signifies the golden red flame and Shiva performs in the form of this red-flamed light.
The cosmic dance of Lord Shiva represents five activities – Creation, Protection, Destruction, Embodiment and Release. In essence, it represents the continuous cycle of creation and destruction.Arudra Darshan celebrates this ecstatic dance of Lord Shiva.
It takes place on the full moon night in the month of Margazhi and this is also the longest night in a year. The festival is mainly observed in the Tamil speaking world.The most important Arudhra Darshan festival takes place at the Chidambaram Shiva Temple in Tamil Nadu. Most of the temples around the world with Lord Nataraja as deity perform the Arudhra Darshan.
As per the Puranaas, on this day Lord Shiva has shown this blissful dance that energizes this world to two of his devotees - Vyagrapadha and Adisesha (on whom Lord Vishnu Reside). Hence this day is celebrated, in appreciation of the cosmic dance of Lord Shiva, by offering Prayers to the Nataraja aspect of the Lord.
Special prayers are held on the day at all Shiva temples. Milk, honey, water, sandal paste and other cooling liquids are offered to Lord Shiva on this day. This is to cool a burning and turbulent Shiva who is performing the Tandava – the cosmic dance of Nataraja.Special abhishekam, rituals and celebrations are held on the night of Thiruvathirai.
In our house, we celebrate this festival by offering kali ,kootu and adai to Lord Nataraja.We tie a yellow rope in our hands.We also draw maakolam all over our house.My MIL draws a procession car(Thaer)with shivalingam in the center and keep it in Pooja room as idol .I’ve attached the photo of our Pooja room with all the offerings in the end of this page!!Do have a look.
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Last but not the least,Here is our pooja room picture..
Hope u all enjoyed reading our thiruvathirai celebration.May the Lord bless us with all happiness and fortune!!