27 February 2014

2014 Arunachala Mahashivaratri

For those wishing to attend the Mahashivaratri Function at Arunachaleswarar Temple this year, the Temple will be open throughout the night. Crowds will be big so unless you have arranged permission to attend the pujas being conducted inside the Siva Sannidhi, best to be satisfied enjoying being inside the Temple Compound, viewing the exquisite rangolis on the floors, lighting a Deepam jyothi on the steps of the Temple tank and enjoying the excellent devotional dancing and singing at the Temple auditorium. 

Arulmigu Arunachaleswarar Temple, Tiruvannamalai 
Mahashivaratri Festival Celebration 
Invitation Thursday February 27th, 2014.  

Below is a copy of the Temple Invitation, listing the full programme with a short English translation.

Details of the programmes in the Temple Auditorium on the evening of Thursday 27th February, 2014 and early morning of Friday 28th February, 2014. 

6.00 p.m. to 7.00 p.m. Devaram poems with music 
7.05 p.m. to 8.00 p.m. Kalaratna Bharatnatyam Dance Group (Chennai) 
8.00 p.m. to 9.00 p.m. Sri Krishna Kalamandhir (Vellore) Bharatnatyam Dance Group 
9.00 p.m. to 10.00 p.m. Sri Nithi Bharatnatyam Dance Group (Tiruvannamalai) 
10.00 p.m. to 11.00 p.m. Banaka Bharatnatyam Dance Group (Bangalore) 
11.00 p.m. to 2.00 a.m. Saxophone music of devotional songs by Sivanandan Group (Chennai) 

Mahashivaratri Night Puja Programme 

1st Kala Puja 8.30 p.m. February 27 
2nd Kala Puja 11.00 p.m. February 27 
3rd Kala Puja 2.00 a.m. February 28 
4th Kala Puja 4.00 a.m. February 28 

Night of Mahashivaratri February 27-28 at 12 midnight 
Commencement of the Sri Lingodbhavamurti (at back of Siva Sannidhi) Special Abhishekam 


Sunanda said...

How the world turns! Too many people inside the Siva Sannidhi for access to the pujas? How blessed I was to spend time in Tiru and to get to know the Big Temple, its gods and its people, before the crowds grew so large. (And they were big enough in my time, believe me!) One Sivaratri in particular happened perfectly for me....I remember stumbling upon the Lingotbhava puja, after viewing the floor designs in daylight and then participating in the placing and lighting of the jyothi lamps that cover the temple compounds. It's a night for being in several places at the same time....

Meenakshi Ammal said...

It is still a wonderful experience to be at the Arunachaleswarar Temple during Mahashivaratri -- and yes the floor designs and lighting of jyothi lamps still goes on.