24 March 2016

2016 Panguni Uthiram -- Celestial Wedding at Arunachala

At Arunachaleswarar Temple a Marriage Festival is celebrated. 

The first day of Panguni Uthiram which was celebrated at Arunachaleswarar Temple yesterday (Wednesday March 23, 2016) is known as the time of celebration of the Celestial Wedding of Lord Siva and Goddess Parvathi. 

In the evening the Gods came in procession and an exchange of garlands took place. Arunachaleswarar and Parashakti after exchanging garlands were both moved to the Kalyana Mandapam. 

Inside the Kalayana Mandapam (Thirukalyanam Mandapam), the Thirukalyanam (Wedding) Festival occurred. 

Gods Alangaram

Outside the Shiva Sannidhi

Exchange of Garlands

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Arunachala Spur with Murugan Shrine on top

The Panguni Uthiram Festival is also the celebration of the Celestial Wedding of Lord Murugan and his Goddess Devayani. As well as the carrying of Kavadis, devotees of Lord Murugan also hold separate functions for their God at various Lord Murugan Temples and Shrines throughout Tiruvannamalai. 

The hillside shrine on a small spur south of Arunachala is holding a two day long celebration of the Celestial Wedding. On the night of the 23rd March, 2016, the whole top of this spur was decorated and illuminated with lights. 

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