THIRUVEMPAVAI FESTIVAL & ARUDHRA DARSHANAM 2021

THIRUVEMPAVAI FESTIVAL & ARUDHRA DARSHANAM

Saturday 11th Dec 2021 to Monday 20th Dec 2021

ஓரொரு கால் எம்பெருமான் என்றென்றேநம்பெருமான் சீரொருகால் வாய் ஓவாள்சித்தம் களிகூர நீரொருகால் ஓவாநெடுந்தாரை கண்பனிப்ப பாரொருகால் வந்துஅணையாள் விண்ணோரைத் தான் பணியாள்பேரரையற்கு இங்ஙனே பித்தொருவர் ஆமாறும்ஆரொருவர் இவ்வண்ணம் ஆட்கொள்ளும் வித்தகர் தாள்வார் உருவப் பூண்முலையீர் வாயார நாம்பாடிஏர் 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.

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 Lord Sri Chandramouleeswarar (Shiva)

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 Darshanam or Thiruvadhirai. The Arudhra Darshanam celebrates ‘Lord Natarajar’, the cosmic dance of Lord Shiva.

Programme:

06.30am: Rituals commence with Kalasa Pooja07.00am: 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.

Ritual Donations: 

Abhishekam for Lord Natarajar – $101 

Abhishekam for Lord Sri Chandramouleeswarar (Shiva)  – $101

Archana       – $20

Garland Donations: 

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.

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