Aadi Krithigal – over 1000 kavadis on procession in the temple corridors

On the special occasion of the Aadi Krithigai, more than a thousand kavadis were taken on a procession from the Lord Arunachaleswara temple along the temple corridors.

Valaikappu festival for the Goddess at Thiruvannamalai

Valaikappu festival performed on the deity of the Goddess Parasakthi Amman at the Valaikappu Mandapam at the famous Thiruvannamalai Lord Arunachaleswarar temple

Fire-walk festival at Thiruvannamalai Temple

Fire or Agni is the fourth element of the Panchabhutas. The essential character of Fire is to generate heat and according to Hindu Mythology, Agni is one of the Eight Guardians that guard our Universe and are known as Ashta Dikpalakas.
As per Indian mythology, there are mentions of various types of fires. The four important ones are the fire of the earth, the fire of the sky, the fire of the stomach and the fire we commonly use.
As for Lord Arunchaleswarar temple, there is a wealth of mythology attached to Arunachala. One such myth is that Lord Surya estranged from his wife Chayadevi visited Arunachaleswarar Temple to propitiate the Lord.
A brief on the mythological story – It concerns Singavaram and a Temple dedicated to Sri Ranganadha. Here a king named Kandhan, after suffering defeat, performed a fire walking ceremony in the worship of Draupadi (from the Mahabharata). Draupadi, pleased with the worship, appeared before the king and promised that whoever should worship her as he had done would remain unscathed and also obtain whatever they prayed for.
From that day onwards the fire-walking festival is observed with great enthusiasm throughout Tamil Nadu including Thiruvannamalai temple.
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Aadi Pooram Festival (An auspicious occasion)

[1of2_last]The Tamil Calendar month of Aadi is considered sacred in the Hindu Tradition. And when certain special stars or condition fall during this month, they are also celebrated with religious vigour – for example, Aadi New Moon Day (Amavasai) is considered to be sacred for paying obeisance to the departed ancestors.

Similarly, when one of the 27 stars, Pooram (Tamil) falls in Aadi, known as Aadi Pooram, it is considered as sacred and special pooja are performed in most temples. (It is a grand occasion in the Sri Villiputhur Andal temple as it is the birthday for the deity Andal. who was an ardent devotee of Lord Vishnu and married Him).

Aadi Pooram was celebrated today in a grand manner in Thiruvannamalai temple today. A special ‘Theerthavari’ (sacred water being showered on the deity of the Lord) was performed in the Sivagangai Sacre Pond located in the 5th Corridor of the Thiruvannamalai temple. Earlier, the deity of Parasakthi Amman was taken to the Theerthavari Mandapam (Hall) offering Darshan to the devotees.

Aadi Pooram Invitation

Aadi Pooram Invitation of Arulmigu Om Arunachaleswarar Thirukovil, Tiruvannamalai.

The 5th day of Aani Brahmotsavam at Thiruvannamalai

The Aani (Tamil calendar month) Brahmotsavam at the famous Lord Arunachaleswarar Temple in Thiruvannamalai is in progress conducted in a grand manner with thousands of devotees participating.

On the 5th day of this important and famous festival, the deity of the Lord Arunachaleswara will be carried during the night and taken on a procession on Rishabha (the sacred bull) Vahana (Carriage) in the streets and corridors of the temple.

Varunayagam and Jabam performed in Thiruvannamalai temple

Varmayagam and Jabam were performed at the Brahma Theertham in the famous Thiruvannamalai temple of Lord Arunchaleswarar. This yagam is performed to invoke the Gods for rain as Lord Varuna is the God of Rain. Here is the event photos.

Girivalam crowd in Thiruvannamalai Arunachaleeswarar Temple

Thousands of people have undertaken Girivalam during the Pournami (Full Moon Day) in Thiruvannamalai Arunachaleeswarar Temple.

Aani Brahmotsavam – 1st day

Aani Brahmotsavam – 1st day event – Arulmigu Om Arunachaleswarar Thirukovil, Tiruvannamalai.

Divine Flag-hoisting ceremony for Aani Brahmotsavam

The divine flag-hoisting ceremony for the Aani (Tamil calendar month) Brahmotsavam at the Chinnanayakar Parasakthi Amman Swami temple.

The flag-hoisting ceremony was performed with the main deity placed in from the flag pole.

This is the period when the Sun takes a turn from the North to the South. So, the ceremony of flag-hoisting is called Dakshinayana Punya Kala Kodiyetrtam.

Following the divine flag-hoisting, the grand Aani Brahmotsavam at the temple will commence. Here is the event photos.