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Arudhra Darshanam

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Arudhra Darshanam
Arudhra Darshanam

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28 Dec 2023, 5:00 am

SVWT, 25 Waiu Street, Wainuiomata, Lower Hutt, New Zealand

About The Event

The Arudra Darshanam festival is important in the Hindu calendar. Devotees of Lord Shiva primarily celebrate it. It occurs during the Tamil month of Margazhi (December to January). It coincides with the moon night, renowned for its spiritual significance.

This festival pays homage to Lord Nataraja, a manifestation of Lord Shiva in his dancer form. It represents the cycles of creation and destruction and the daily rhythm of life and death. While Arudra Darshanam is enthusiastically celebrated in Chidambaram, Tamil Nadu, where the renowned Nataraja Temple resides, it is also observed in parts of India.

During this occasion, devotees beautifully adorn the idol of Nataraja with clothes and jewellery before taking it out on a procession. Witnessing this procession, known as "darshan ", is believed to bestow blessings upon devotees and cleanse them from their sins.

The festivities include a range of religious activities. Devotees perform rituals like abhishekam (a bath for the deity) using milk, honey and other sacred substances. Additionally, they recite Tamil hymns such as Tiruvempavai. Sing songs praising Lord Shiva.

Dance holds significance during Arudra Darshanam as it reflects Lord Nataraja's association with this art form.

Classical dancers showcase the art of Bharatanatyam and other traditional dances within the confines of temples, embodying the celestial dance performed by Lord Nataraja.

During this festival, individuals seek rejuvenation and inner purification. They observe fasting, meditate, and offer prayers in their pursuit of enlightenment and the benevolence of Lord Shiva. The festival atmosphere exudes devotion, artistic expression and a profound connection to the realm, creating a truly extraordinary and spiritually enriching experience for all who participate in its sacred rituals.

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