THIRUVEMPAVAI FESTIVAL & ARUDHRA DARSHANAM
Wednesday 28th Dec 2022 to Friday 6th Jan 2023
ஓரொரு கால் எம்பெருமான் என்றென்றே
நம்பெருமான் சீரொருகால் வாய் ஓவாள்
சித்தம் களிகூர நீரொருகால் ஓவா
நெடுந்தாரை கண்பனிப்ப பாரொருகால் வந்து
அணையாள் விண்ணோரைத் தான் பணியாள்
பேரரையற்கு இங்ஙனே பித்தொருவர் ஆமாறும்
ஆரொருவர் இவ்வண்ணம் ஆட்கொள்ளும் வித்தகர் தாள்
வார் உருவப் பூண்முலையீர் வாயார நாம்பாடி
ஏர் உருவப்பூம்புனல் பாய்ந்தாடலோர் எம்பாவாய்.
Now and then she utters, “My Lord”, thus her mouth never relent in the praise of the glory of Our Lord ! With the mind rejoicing, never stopping long streams of tears wetting the eye, not even once coming to this world, not bowing down to the celestial powers, to the Emperor one becomes mad like this. One who takes slaves like this, that Proficient’s foot, Oh girls of ornated breasts, let us sing and swim in the floral stream.
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.
08.00am: Thiruvempavai recitation.
09.00am: Abhishekam for Lord Sri Chandramouleeswarar (Shiva)
Arudhra Darshanam – 6th January 2023:
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 Darshanam or Thiruvadhirai. The Arudhra Darshanam celebrates ‘Lord Natarajar’, the cosmic dance of Lord Shiva.
06.30am: Rituals commence with Kalasa Pooja
07.00am: Abhishekam, Alankaram & Maha Deeparadhanai for Lord Sri Natarajar & Sri Sivagamasundari, followed by recitation of Thiruvempavai and procession within the Temple.
11.00am: Abhishekam for Lord Sri Chandramouleeswarar.
Abhishekam for Lord Natarajar – $101
Abhishekam for Lord Sri Chandramouleeswarar (Shiva) – $101
Archana – $20
Lord Chandramouleeswarar / Shiva Malai – $ 110
Lord Natrarajar, Sivagamasundari Malai – $ 110
All are welcome to participate during the Festival and seek the blessings of the Lord.