Arudra Darshan Puja Procedure And Significance
Arudra Darshan Rejoices The Sighting Of Lord Shiva’s Dance
Arudra Darshan – a great opportunity to get the powerful blessings of Lord Shiva and also this day celebrates the cosmic dance of Lord Shiva. It’s believed that Lord Shiva in the form of red flame dances in every place of the Universe and engaged in five divine roles including creation, subsistence, destruction, disintegration and blessing. It is said that the whole universe have originated from His damaru sound. The Arudra Darshan festival is meant to celebrate the joy of seeing the cosmic dance of Lord Nataraja – the dancing form of Lord Shiva.
This day falls on the full moon night along with the Arudra star in the Tamil month Margazhi (December-January). And also, this is the longest night in a year. Arudra Darshan festival is mainly observed in Tamil Nadu. This festival is celebrated in a grand manner at the Chidambaram Nataraja Temple in Tamil Nadu. Lord Shiva’s cosmic dance is staged on the day. It is also celebrated with great fervor in Shiva temples in Singapore, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, and Australia and in many other parts of the world by the devotees of Lord Shiva.
Procedure We Follow On Arudra Darshan
On this day, people wake up early morning and take bath in a sacred river. Special pujas and prayers are arranged in Shiva temples on this day. People usually visit a Shiva temple on this auspicious day and perform the divine puja and abhishek to Lord Shiva. It is considered very auspicious to visit Thillai Natarajar Temple at Chidambaram, Tamil Nadu. Thiruvadirai Kali is the special Prasad offered to Lord Shiva on Arudra Darshan day.
Devotees of Lord Shiva observe fasting throughout the day. They chant the shlokas and mantra in the glory of the Lord Shiva. The fast is broken after getting the darshan of Lord once again and on the next day morning. By observing Vrat on highly auspicious day of Arudra Darshan one attains immense benefits. Sage Munichakkar and the divine snake Karkotaka also observed this fast and were blessed with the chance of seeing Lord Shiva’s dance. Sage Vyagrapada was blessed with a son after observing Vrat on Arudra Darshan.
When Vishnu’s Adisesha See Lord Shiva’s Dance
Once, Lord Vishnu was lying on His snake settee in a overjoyed and meditative mood. The five headed snake Adisesha on which Lord Vishnu reclines asked Vishnu what He was thinking. He replied that he was enjoying the divine cosmic dance of Lord Shiva in his mind. When the five headed snake asked whether it was possible for him too to see the cosmic dance of Lord Shiva, He encourages him to do a severe penance to achieve the fortune of witnessing Lord Shiva’s cosmic dance.
Chidambaram is the place where Adisesha performed severe penance to please Lord Shiva. After a very long time, Adisesha had the fortune of witnessing the divine dance of Lord Nataraja with Sage Vyagrapada (Tiger Footed) and Sage Patanjali (Snake Footed) at Chidambaram on this auspicious day of Arudra Darshan.
Arudra Darshan At Chidambaram Thillai Nataraja Temple
Chidambaram Nataraja Temple in Tamil Nadu is one of the famous and holiest places in which Lord Shiva is depicted in his Ananda Tandava Pose – the divine cosmic dance. This festival marks the conclusion of Margazhi Brahmotsavam. Arudra Darshan and Margazhi Brahmotsavam are the most important festivals celebrated in Chidambaram Nataraja Temple. It is believed that Arudra Darshan is the day when Lord Shiva’s divine blessings and energies is closest to the Earth. By observing fast and offering special pujas and rituals on Arudra Darshan you will get the significant favours of Lord Shiva.