Arudhra Darshan, also known as Ardra festival, is an auspicious day dedicated to Lord Shiva in Tamil Calendar and it celebrates ‘the cosmic dance’ of Lord Shiva as Nataraja. In 2016, the date of Arudhra Darshan is December 26. Arudhara Darshanam is observed on the full moon day in the Tamil month of Margazhi (Margali Masam). Arudra festival is celebrated with fervor in Lord Shiva temples in Tamil Nadu,
Sri Lanka, Singapore, Malaysia, South Africa, and in other parts of the world by Tamil speaking population. Australia
Arudara Darshanam festival is of great importance at the
in Tamil Nadu and marks the conclusion of Margazhi Brahmotsavam. Chidambaram Nataraja Temple
The cosmic dance of Lord Shiva as Nataraja represents – Creation, Protection, Destruction, Embodiment and Release. In essence, it represents the continuous cycle of creation and destruction. This cosmic dance takes place in every particle and is the source of all energy. Arudra Darshan celebrates this ecstatic dance of Lord Shiva.
It must be noted here that Arudhra, Ardra, Arudhara, Arudra, Arudara are the different spellings used in English language to mention the festival.