Arudara Darisanam Festival at Chidambaram Nataraja Temple



The Chidambaram Nataraja Temple in Tamil Nadu is the holiest shrine in which Lord Shiva is depicted as Nataraja in his Ananda Tandava pose – cosmic dance. Arudara Darisanam 2017 Festival at Chidambaram Nataraja Temple concludes on January 11, 2017. Arudara Darisanam on Margazhi Pournami or Full moon day (December – January) celebrates the cosmic dance of Shiva. Ardra Darisanam Festival marks the conclusion of Margazhi Brahmotsavam – the most important temple festival in Chidambaram Nataraja Temple.

Legend has it that Lord Shiva performed the cosmic dance in Nataraja form at Chidambaram for his devotees Adi Shesha and Vyagrapaadar. Adi Shesha, the seven-hooded serpent on whom Lord Vishnu rests in Milky Ocean, wanted to witness this divine dance of creation after hearing about it from Lord Shiva. Vyagrapaadar was a devotee of Shiva who performed penance and Tapas to witness Ananda Tandava. Lord Shiva granted their request and performed it at Chidambaram.

The Ananda Tandavam of Shiva – popularly called Nataraja - is said to symbolize the five divine acts (pancha krityas) of creation, sustenance, dissolution, concealment and bestowment of grace.

Shiva is also worshipped in the Chidambaram Temple as Akasa Lingam, in the ‘formless form’ which is popularly called the Chidambara Rahasyam.

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