Arudhra Darsanam also known as Thiruvathirai
Arudra is the name of a star. There are 27 stars that are used by the Hindu calendar. Arudra is one of the stars. Arudra means a Golden Red flame.
Ardra Nakshatram, also known as Arudara or Thiruvathirai in South India, is the sixth Nakshatra among the 27 Nakshatras. The astrological prediction of Ardra Nakshatra as per Moon Sign is that of Mithuna Raasi or Gemini Zodiac. Mercury or Budha is the Lord of the birth star.
Arudra Nakshatram, which is also known as Thiruvaathirai Nakshatram, during Maargazhi Masam is considered highly auspicious. On this day Arudra Nakshatra also coincides with Pournami.
On this day Nataraj form of Lord Shiva is worshipped during Arunodaya along with holy chanting from Vedas. Being dedicated to Nataraj form of Lord Shiva this day is also considered as the birthday of Lord Shiva. In rest of the India it is Maha Shivaratri which is considered as the birthday of Lord Shiva.
Arudhra Darshan or Arudara Darshan is observed in the Tamil month of Margazhi (December – January). It is essentially a Shaivite festival and celebrates the cosmic dance of Lord Shiva, which is represented by the Nataraja form.
The festival is mainly observed in the Tamil speaking world.
The most important Arudhra Darshan festival takes place at the Chidambaram Shiva Temple in Tamil Nadu. The cosmic dance of Lord Shiva is enacted on the day. Most of the temples around the world with Lord Nataraja as deity perform the Arudhra Darshan.
women will avoid rice and full night they will not sleep. The married women keep fast for husband’s well being and unmarried for a good marriage. Ardra darsan is in early morning and temples are decorated with flowers and diyas.
In Chidambaram abhishekam for the Lord on tiruvadhirai day in Margazhi will be performed in a grand manner and the devotees will be given KALI as prasadham.Obtaining the prasadam , is attainment of bliss through the Lord.
Recipes of Arudra Darisenam
A sweet called Kali is prepared on the day of Arudra Darshanam.A dish called Kootu is also prepared on Arudra Darshanam day.
Get the recipe text below for the thiruvathirai kali and kootu