Arudra Darshan is a festival dedicated to Lord Shiva celebrated by people in Tamil Nadu. The Nataraj form of Lord Shiva is worshipped on this day during Arunodaya, along with holy chanting from Vedas. This day is considered highly auspicious as the devotees observing it celebrate it as Lord Shiva’s birth anniversary. However, in all other parts of India, Maha Shivratri is celebrated as the birth anniversary of Lord Shiva. On this day, Arudra Nakshatram, which is also known as Thiruvaathirai Nakshatram, during Maargazhi Masam, is considered highly auspicious. Arudra or Thiruvatharai Nakshatram is the name of the birth star, which is associated with Lord Shiva, and it also coincides with Purnima or the full moon day. As you prepare to celebrate Arudra Darshan, here is everything you need to know about the date, Shubh Muhurat, history, significance and celebrations of the festival. Shakambhari Purnima 2023 Date and Shubh Muhurat: Know Puja Vidhi, Significance and Celebrations Related to the last day of Shakambhari Navratri.
Arudra Darshan Date and Shubh Muhurat
Arudra Darshan 2023, also known as Thiruvatharai, will be celebrated on January 6. The Thiruvathirai Nakshathram begins at 9.26 pm on January 5 and ends at 12.14 am on January 7.
Arudra Darshan History and Significance
Arudra Darshan is one of the most auspicious days celebrating Lord Shiva. Arudra Darshan celebrates the cosmic dance of Lord Shiva, or the Natraj version of him and its significance. The cosmic dance of Lord Shiva represents creation, protection, destruction, embodiment and release, which basically symbolizes the continuous cycle of creation and destruction. People on this day celebrate the birth of Nataraja form of Lord Shiva and the Taandav he performed.
Arudra Darshan Celebrations
On this day, a special Abhishekam or prayer is performed at the Chidambaram Shiva Temple in Tamil Nadu and Mathira Peedika Devi Temple near Kadakkal in Kollam District of Kerala state. The Nataraj form of Lord Shiva is taken out of the temples, and a special feast, Neivedhyam, is prepared by the devotees for Lord Nataraja.
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