Arudra Darshan: Read the Vrat Katha & Benefits of Arudra Darshan

By | April 29, 2020

Arudra Darshan is a Tamil festival and it is dedicated to Lord Shiva. Arudra Nakshatram, which is also known as Thiruvaathirai Nakshatram, On this day Lord Shiva in the form or Nataraj is worshiped during the time of Arunodaya and along with the holy chanting from Vedas. It has being dedicated to Lord Shiva in the form of Nataraj.

During Maargazhi Masam is considered as highly auspicious. On this day Arudra Nakshatram also coincides with Pournima. This day is also considered as the birthday of Lord Shiva. In rest of India this festival is known as the name of “Maha Shivaratri” which is considered as the birthday of Lord Shiva.

About Arudra Darshan :-

It is observed in the Tamil month of December and January and it falls on the full moon night of this month. It is considered as the longest night of the year. It happens when the Thiruvadirai ‘Arudra’ star rules over the day.The occasion of Arudra Darshan highlights Lord Shiva’s huge capabilities and powers.The Arudra star represents the golden red flame, which stands for the cosmic dance of Lord Shiva as ‘Nataraj’ from the sound of his ‘Damaru'(small two-headed drum).

Arudra Darshan puja Vidhi :-

During the day of Arudra Darshan devotees wake up in the early morning and take bath in holy rivers of sacred water , ponds. This day is dedicated to Lord Shiva and on this day devotees visiting the Shiva temple to performing the divine Abhishekam of Lord Shiva. In all the Temples of Lord Shiva there is a special puja is performed on this day. This day is very auspicious to visit Nataraj temple (Lord Shiva in the form of dancing Nataraj) in Chidambaram. In Tamil Nadu Chidambaram is a famous temple. On this day special Prasad (bhog) is offered to Lord Shiva. This special Prasad is called Kali (In Tamil Thiruvathirai famously known as Kali).

Arudra Darshan fasting Rules :-

Throughout the day, the devotees do not eat anything and spend time in singing the glories of the Lord. On the next day morning, the fast is broken along with other Shiva devotees after seeing Lord’s Darshan once again.

Arudra Darshan Vrat Story :-

Once, upon a Time Lord Vishnu was reclining His snake bedstead in a highly blissful and ruminant mood. Adisesha (five headed snake on which Vishnu reclines) asked the Lord what He was thinking. The God replied that he was enjoying the majestic cosmic dance of Lord Shiva in his memory. When Adisesha asked if it was possible for him too to witness the divine dance. Vishnu enjoined him to do a severe mortification to achieve that fortune.Adisesha meditated at Chidambaram for a very long time to please Lord Shiva.

On the day of Arudra Darshan Finally, he had the greatest destiny of witnessing the cosmic dance of Shiva as Natraj at Chidambaram along with saints Vyagrapada and Patanjali. on the day of Arudra Darshan. In conclusion the temple of Chidambaram that we see today sprang up at the point where Lord Shiva blessed his devotees with the cosmic dance.

Arudra Darshan Benefits :-

On this day several great personalities observed the fasting and attained large benefits.Observing fasting on Arudra Darshan is highly auspicious. Wiseman Vyagrapada, Munichakkar and the Serpant kerkotaka observed this vrat and were blessed with the destiny of witnessing Shiva’s dance.

 After observing this vrat, saint vyagrapada was blessed with a son named UpamanyuVipular, a Brahmin observed this vrat and got the destiny of visiting kailash in a heavenly flight. Devotees can get the sober blessings of Lord Shiva by observing Arudra Darshan meticulously. 

Importance of viewing Shiva’s dance

In Hinduism Lord Shiva is the Topmost god. He is the maker, shielder, and exterminator of the universe. Lord Shiva dances in enthusiasm to achieve the five acts namely creation, sustenance, destruction, embodying and release. He smears Ash all over his body to indicate that everything in the universe is bound to change and destruction with the passage of time. While transporting the devotees to a blissful mood, Shiva’s dance also reminds them of the higher purpose of life namely moving from the passing to the eternal.

What happens during Arudra Darshan?

This is a festival celebrated with great passion and fame in Chidambaram, In Tamil Nadu a temple dedicated exclusively to Natraj. Arudra Darshan is a very super  event happening in the Shiva temples especially where the image of Natraj (dancing Shiva) is established. On this day it is considered highly auspicious and beneficial to view the procession of Lord Natraj. Along the day of Arudra Darshan there are holy baths and pujas operated in the temples and The last day of Arudra Darshan special dish which  is known as kali is distributed to devotees.

What we must do on Arudra Darshan

On this day, people obtain a special kind of dish as Prasad namely Kali. which is a sweet dish indicating bliss. It is said eating this shall remove all the afflictions of people and make them blissful. On the day of Arudra Darshan visiting Nataraj temple to view the puja and procession of  Lord Shiva and is highly auspicious and said to give all the  benefits to devotees. 

Arudra Darshan Timings

Arudra Darshanam on Friday, 10th January 2020
Thiruvathirai Nakshathram Begins03:38 PM on Jan 09, 2020
Thiruvathirai Nakshathram Ends –02:49 PM  on Jan 10, 2020

Panchangam  for Arudra Darshan

Gowri panchangam for Arudra Darshan

Arudra Darshanam on Wednesday, December 30, 2020
Thiruvathirai Nakshathram Begins05:32 PM on Dec 29, 2020
Thiruvathirai Nakshathram Ends –06:55 PM on Dec 30, 2020

Panchangam for Arudra Darshan

Gowri panchangam for Arudra Darshan

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