23 March 2016

Panguni Utthiram – Thirukalyanam Festival

Arunachaleswarar Temple, Tiruvannamalai
Panguni Uttiram – Marriage Festival
Invitation From March 23, 2016 to March 28, 2016

Panguni Uthiram is celebrated during Panguni Month (March-April) during Uthiram Nakshatra day.

Panguni Uthiram (Falgun Purnima) full moon day is known as the time of the celebration of the Celestial Wedding of Lord Siva and Goddess Parvathi; Lord Muruga and His consort Goddess Devayani and Lord Vishnu and His consort Goddess Andal. This day also celebrates the Divine Wedding Day of Lord Rama and the Goddess Sita.

This celebration of Divine marriage is intended to emphasis the glory of married life for householders and to protect their union from separation. It is believed that offering prayers to God at this time gives good mental equilibrium to couples and bestows them with strength, love, affection and understanding.

Devotees visiting Lord Murugan Temples on Panguni Uthiram day carry Kavadis and many devotees choose to have their heads shaved and observe austerities at this time.


During Panguni month on the 23.3.2016, Wednesday on Full Moon morning 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. in the Arunachaleswarar Moolasthana the Wedding Ceremony of Sri Annamalaiyar and Unnamulaiyar will occur. In the evening of that day, a procession starts from the Flagpost and then night at 11 p.m. reaches the Kalyanamandapam. At the Mandapam the Thirukalyana Festival will happen. In this regard the following Programmes are scheduled in the coming days. All devotees are invited.

Programme of Thirukalyanam Functions

23.3.2016 Wednesday

11 a.m. to 12 p.m. Thirukalyana Ucchavam at Moolastahana.
Evening 6 p.m. Ambal procession starts from Kumara Kovil to Big Temple.
Evening 8 p.m. Near Flagpost Garland exchange between Shiva and Shakti. Then reaching Thirukalyana Mandapam.
11 p.m. onwards. Marriage Festival.
12 midnight onwards Golden Rishaba procession outside Temple.

24.3.2016 Thursday

8 p.m. Swami and Ambal going to Kilnaathur for special puja.

25.3.2016 Friday

Night. In Thirukalyana Mandapam Naalagu Festival. (3 days).

26.3.2016 Saturday

Morning special Homam.
Night. In Thirukalayana Mandapam Unjal Urchavam.

27.3.2016 Sunday

Morning Thirukalyana Mandapam Homam
Night Thirukalyana Mandapam Unjal Urchavam.

28.3.2016 Monday

12 Noon In Tamari Tank special puja. Aarti at Kumara Kovil.
12 Midnight Special music function. Swami and Ambal go to Kamakshi Amman Temple (Thirumanjana Street) and from there goes on procession on the Mada Veedhis

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