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Arudra Darisanam – Arudra Darshan Festival of Shiva as Nataraja

Arudra Darshan, also known as Arudra festival, is an auspicious day dedicated to Lord Shiva in Tamil Calendar and it celebrates ‘the cosmic dance’ of Lord Siva as Nataraja. Arudra Darisanam 2018 date is January 1. Arudara Darshanam is observed on the full moon day in the Tamil month of Margali (Margazhi Masam). Arudra festival is celebrated with fervor in Lord Shiva temples in Tamil Nadu, Sri Lanka, Singapore, Malaysia, South Africa, Australia and in other parts of the world by Tamil speaking population.

Arudara Darshan festival is of great importance at the Chidambaram Nataraja Temple in Tamil Nadu and marks the conclusion of Margazhi Brahmotsavam.

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.
Thiruvathira Festival dedicated to Lord Shiva is also observed during the same period in Tamil Nadu and Kerala.