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Wednesday, 4 December 2013

Arudra Dharshan (Wednesday, 18th December 2013).

Margazhi month, known as the Twilight in Heaven time, is the most suitable occasion to take a cue from the Sun while it is in Sagittarius, the period known as the time the Gods rest and rejuvenate.

During this auspicious time, Lord Shiva’s birthday comes, which is celebrated on the Arudra star day and is known as Arudra Darshan. It is believed to be the day when Lord Shiva’s energy is very close to the earth; hence it has been given the importance of being His birthday.

Lord Shiva is worshiped in the cosmic dance form, making His power and heightened consciousness accessible to those who seek it. It is considered that Arudra Darshan, Lord Nataraja’s day, is the longest night of the year. After this, the days get longer and the nights get shorter.

He Who Dances A Still Dance

The divine dance of Lord Shiva in Tillai, the traditional name for Chidambaram, forms the motif for all the depictions of Lord Shiva as “Nataraja”, the King of Cosmic Dance. He is also known as “Sabesan” which means “the Lord who dances on the dais”. In this dancing form, Lord Shiva lifts His left leg and has His right foot stepping on the demon of ego, famously known as “the God who dances a still dance”. Chidambaram is a temple in South India that holds the power of the dancing Shiva (Shiva in this form is called Lord Nataraja). The bronze sculpture of Lord Nataraja is considered to be the symbol of Indian Culture.

Arudra Darshan is an ideal time to invest in the enlightenment of your mind and leave behind the human experience of confusion, disappointment and doubt.

Arudra Darshan – The Festival

This is a striking festival where meticulously performed Vedic rituals are offered to Lord Nataraja. These rituals are held in the pre-dawn hours, when the moon is still shining brightly. Various ceremonies are held amidst the holy chants in Sanskrit and Tamil.

Chidambaram Temple

The Chidambaram Nataraj temple is a specimen of the assimilation of several architectural styles. This temple vortex is of great religious, historic and cultural significance. The temple was designed by “Manikkavachakar” with full praise of Shiva and is over two millennium old.

The Cosmic Dance & Its Relevance

This cosmic dance of Lord Shiva takes place in every particle and is the source of all energy. In essence, His cosmic dance represents the continuous cycle of creation and destruction. Arudra Darshan celebrates this ecstatic dance of Lord Shiva. This Cosmic Dance of Lord Shiva is said to symbolize the five divine acts “Pancha Krityas” - Creation, Protection, Destruction, Embodiment and Release.

Celebrate this blissful, cosmic dance of Lord Shiva as it takes place in every particle of your being and every particle in the entire universe. The dance is possible because of Shakti and is the source of all energy.

Arudra Abhishekam from 3.30 am on 18.12.2013.

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