29 June 2013

Ani Brahmostavam

Arulmigu Arunachaleswarar Tirukovil 

Ani Brahmostavam Invitation 

Festival starts on 7.07.2013 

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Flag Hoisting: Sunday 6.30 a.m. to 8.05

The 10 Days Festival includes morning and evening procession of Gods  as follows:

06.07.2013 Saturday Vinayaka Procession 

07.07.2013 Sunday Vinayaka, Chinanaynar, Amman Processions 

Days from 08.07.2013 Monday to Tuesday week, 16.07.2013
Processions dedicated to Vinayaka and Chandrasekhara

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This festival commences on the 21st day of the Tamil month of Ani and runs through 10 days of Dakshinayana which marks the beginning of the sun’s movement in a southern direction. 

A year in the Hindu calendar consists of two Ayanas (which signfy the sun’s direction) that are divided into two periods of six months each. Summer solstice which falls in the month of June (corresponding to Ani) marks the beginning of Dakshinayana, which means in the Earth’s sky the Sun begins to trace a southward movement in the northern hemisphere of the planet.The Uttarayana period which begins on January 14th or 15th ends with Dakshinayana Punyakalam. The Dakshinayanam period ends on Makar Sankranti (i.e. Uttarayana day). 

The Ayana from the beginning of Dakshinayana to the beginning of Uttarayana is known as the sadhana pada. In terms of sadhana, Dakshinayana is for purification, Uttarayana is for enlightenment. 

In the northern hemisphere of the planet, Uttarayana is the time of fulfilment and Dakshinayana is the time of receptivity. They are also understood as – the first six months from January to June to be masculine in nature, and the duration of the southern run corresponds to the feminine phase of the Earth. 

Uttarayana and Dakshinayana have a significant impact on how the human system functions and acordingly aspirants shift their activities in relation to the dominant solar influence. 

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