The Ner Annamalaiyar Lingam Shrine and Mandapam is located on the Arunachala girivalam roadway in an exact axial line opposite to Arunachaleswarar Temple on the other side of the Hill.
The early morning sun on Tamil New Year i.e. April 14 (Puthandu Vazthukal) first falls directly onto the Lingam in this Shrine – this phenomenon can only be viewed on this day. Traditionally each year on this date, large crowds gather at this Temple to be first to greet the rays of Surya and seek divine blessings for the coming new year.
The Ner Annamalaiyar Lingam Shrine at daybreak Friday 14 April, 2017
|First light of 2017 Tamil New Year shining on Lingam|
Reading of Panchangam: Tamil New Year 2017
At the time of each Tamil New Year, the reading of the Panchangam (Tamil New Year's Almanac) occurs. This reading of the Almanac by senior Priests at Arunachaleswarar Temple is primarily in relation to the confirmation of Festival Dates at the Temple throughout the coming year.
With Wishes of Love and Light from Arunachala Grace 2017