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Aani Uthiram 2024 date – Importance of Aani Thirumanjanam

Aani Uthiram is an auspicious day in the Tamil Month of Aani (or Ani) and is dedicated to Lord Nataraja (Shiva). Aani Uthiram 2024 date is July 12. The festival is also known as Aani Thirumanjanam and is observed on the Uthiram Nakshatra day in Aani Masam (June - July).

It is popularly believed that it was on Aani Uthiram day that Lord Shiva appeared before Sage Manikkavacakar under a Kurundai Tree and offered upadesha (advice). Sage Manikkavacakar is the author of Thiruvachakam.

Aani Uthiram

Thirumanjanam means ‘holy bath’. On Aani Thirumanjanam day – when Uthram Nakshatra falls in Aani month – an Abhishekam is performed in Lord Nataraja temples. The Abhishekam or holy bath of the idol performed during the twilight period (Pradosham) on the day is considered highly auspicious.

Special rituals and processions are held on the day at Nataraja Temple.

Another important festival that is dedicated to Lord Nataraja is the Arudra Darshan.

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