10 April 2017

Sunday 9 April, 2017—Panguni Uthiram Festival: Celestial Wedding

Panguni Uthiram is celebrated during Panguni Month (March-April) during Uthiram Nakshatra day. This year Panguni Uthiram occurred on Sunday 9th April, 2017.

Panguni Uthiram (Falgun Purnima) full moon day is known as the time of celebration of the Celestial Wedding of Lord Siva and Goddess Parvathi; Lord Murugan 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.

At Arunachaleswarar Temple a Marriage Festival is celebrated. In the evening the Gods came in procession and an exchange of garlands takes place. Arunachaleswarar and Parashakti after exchanging garlands are both moved to the Kalyana Mandapam. Inside the Kalayana Mandapam (Thirukalyanam Mandapam), the Thirukalyanam Festival occurred.

Exchange of Garlands

Exchange of Garlands

Gods being carried to Kalyana Mandapam for marriage ceremony

Priest tying Mangala Sutra around the neck of the Goddess

After ceremonies completed, darshan is given in front of Alankaram Mandapam and Gods taken in procession around the Temple Mada Veedhis