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Arudra Darshan Festival At Thiru Uthirakosamangai Sri Mangalanatha Swamy Temple 2025

Uthirakosamangai Sri Mangalanatha Swamy temple, situated in close proximity to Ramanathapuram in Tamil Nadu, India, is devoted to Lord Shiva. The annual festival in the shrine is observed for nearly 10 days and concludes on the Arudra Darshan day. Uthirakosamangai Sri Mangalanatha Swamy temple Arudra Darshan 2025 date is January 13.

This renowned temple boasts numerous sanctuaries, with the primary ones dedicated to Mangalanathar, Mangalambigai, and Natarajar. Among the temple's treasures is a unique 6 ft (1.8 m) tall ancient maragatha Nataraja idol, intricately carved out of emerald, making it one of a kind.

The annual Arudra darshan celebration at Thiru Uthirakosamangai temple started with kappu kattu ceremony ten days earlier. The highlight of the Arudra Darshan day is the santhana padi kalaithal (removing the sandal paste from the idol). It is performed on the six-foot-tall emerald (Maragada Natarajar) murti.

Thirty-two types of abishekams are performed on the murti or vigraham by priests, followed by chanting of Vedic hymns.

Arudra darshan at this temple is considered significant as only on this occasion the sandal paste that covers the murti is removed, and on all other days of the year, the Maragada Natarajar murti is covered with sandal paste.