Thiruvempavai & Arudhra Darshanam 2020

THIRUVEMPAVAI FESTIVAL &
ARUDHRA DARSHANAM

Wednesday 1st Jan 2020 to Friday 10th Jan 2020

போற்றி அருளுக நின் ஆதியாம் பாதமலர்
 போற்றி அருளுக நின் அந்தமாம் செந்தளிர்கள்
போற்றி எல்லா உயிர்க்கும் தோற்றமாம் பொற்பாதம்
போற்றி எல்லா உயிர்க்கும் போகமாம் பூங்கழல்கள்
போற்றி எல்லா உயிர்க்கும் ஈறாம் இணையடிகள்
போற்றி மால் நான்முகனும் காணாத புண்டரிகம்
போற்றி யாம் உய்ய ஆட்கொண்டருளும் பொன்மலர்கள்
போற்றியாம் மார்கழி நீராடேலோர் எம்பாவாய்.

Praises, bless (us) Your flower of feet, the beginning!
Praises, bless Your red tender-shoots, the end!
Praises to the Golden feet, the origin of all lives!
Praises to the Floral ornate feet, the pleasure of all lives!
Praises to the Parallel feet, the termination of all lives!
Praises to the Lotus not seen by Vishnu and the four faced!
Praises to the Golden flowers that bless us taking as slaves!
Praises ! Bathing in the “Markazhi” month!

 

Thiruvempavai

Manikkavachagar’s work ‘Thiruvempavai’, a collection of twenty hymns, in which he has imagined himself as a woman following the ‘Paavai Nonbu’, praising Lord Shiva.

Thiruvempavai songs are part of an ancient tradition amongst unmarried young girls, where they would light lamps in the early mornings of Margazhi, and sing songs in praise of Lord Shiva. The 20 stanzas of Thrivempavai are recited everyday. It is believed that such rituals would bring prosperity and a suitable husband to the girls.

Daily Programme:

08.00am: Thiruvempavai recitation.
09.00am: Abhishekam for Sri Sivakami Sundari & Lord Sri Chandramouliswarar.

Arudhra Darshanam:

Thiruvaadhirai also known as Arudhra Darshanam is observed on the 10th day of Thiruvempavai festival commencement, which happens to be thiruvaadhirai nakshaththram, the full moon day during the month of Maarkazhi, (December-January as per the Gregorian calendar). The Thiruvadhirai is one of the eight significant “Vratas” dedicated to Lord Shiva. Thiruvaadhirai is also considered to be the nakshaththram (birth star) of Lord Natarajar and is the longest night of the year. The word “Thiruvathirai” implies a ‘sacred big wave’ that was used during the creation of the universe by Lord Shiva.

Thiruvadhirai vrata is a part of the renowned Hindu festival called as Arudhra Darishanam or Thiruvadhirai. The Arudhra Darshanam celebrates ‘Lord Natarajar’, the cosmic dance of Lord Shiva.

Programme:

06.00am: Rituals commence with Kalasa Pooja
07.00am: Abhishekam, Alankaram & Maha Deeparadhanai for Lord Sri Natarajar, followed by recitation of Thiruvempavai and procession within the Temple.
11.00am: Abhishekam for Lord Sri Chandramouleeswarar.

Ritual Donations:

 

Abhishekam – $101
Archana       – $20

All are welcome to participate during the Festival and seek the blessings of the Lord.

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