20 November 2017

2017 Karthigai Deepam at Arunachala: Programme



Arulmigu Arunachaleswarar Tirukovil 
Tiruvannamalai 
Thirukarthigai Deepam Festival 2017 



Flag Hoisting 2016 Karthigai Deepam Function




20 November, 2017
Monday Night: Durgai Amman Urchavam

21 November, 2017 
Tuesday Night: Pidari Amman Urchavam

22 November, 2017 
Wednesday Night: Vinayaka Urchavam

23 November, 2017 
Thursday Morning (early):  Flag Hoisting
Morning (late): Panchamoorthy Silver Vimana procession
Night: Athigara Nandi Vahana

24 November, 2017 
Friday Morning: Chandrasekhara in Golden Surya Perai Vahanam
Night: Silver Indira Vahanam

25 November, 2017 
Saturday Morning: Chandrasekhara in Bootha Vahanam
Night: Shima Vahanam, Silver Anna Vahanam

26 November, 2017 
Sunday Morning: Chandrasekhara in Naga Vahanam
Night: Kamadhenu and Virikpaksha

27 November, 2017 
Monday Morning: Chandrasekhara in Rishabam
Night: Big Silver Rishabam

28 November, 2017 
Tuesday Morning: Elephant with 63 Nayanars
Night: Silver chariot

29 November, 2017 
Wednesday: Maharadham 

30 November, 2017 
Thursday Morning: Chandrasekhara on Horse
Evening: Pichandavar
Late Night: Big Horse

01 December, 2017
Friday Morning: Chandrasekhara on Purusha Meruga Vahanam
Night: Kailasha (Ravana) Vahanam

02 December, 2017 
Saturday Early morning: 4 a.m. Bharani Deepam 
Evening: 6 p.m. Mahadeepam 
Late Night: Golden Rishaba Vahanam 

03 December, 2017 
Sunday Night: 9 p.m. Chandrasekahra Theepal, Ayyankulam Tank

04 December, 2017 
Monday Morning: Arunachaleswarar girivalam
Night: 9 p.m. Parashakthi Theepal, Ayyankulam Tank

05 December, 2017 
Tuesday Night: Subramanian Theepal, Ayyankulam Tank

06 December 2017 
Wednesday Night: Vinayaka and Chandikeshwara Urchavam





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13 November 2017

2018 INDIA Full Moon Calendar



For those wanting to plan a visit to Arunachala to coincide with the Full Moon, check the below Calendar.






1 October 2017

2017 Navaratri Tiruvannamalai Festival Pictorial Report Links



Below are listed the photo galleries of the 2017 Navaratri Tiruvannamalai Pictorial Report. Click the link at each section to view that particular gallery.











2017 Navaratri Alangarams at Tiruvannamalai—Days 7, 8 and 9




Each year Navaratri commences on the first day (pratipada) of the bright fortnight of the lunar month of Ashvin. The Navaratri festival or 'nine day festival' becomes a 'ten day festival' with the addition of the last day, Vijaya-dasami (day of victory) as its culmination. Today, Saturday September 30, 2017 marked that tenth day of Victory.

A legend explaining the origin of Navaratri is that Adi Shankaracharya gave upadesa at two primary locations during the installation of a Sri Chakra at Srisailam (Andhra Pradesh) and at Koolurmugambika (Karnataka). At the time of the installations he directed women folk to worship the Goddess and seek her blessings for wealth, prosperity and long life for their husbands and overall happiness in the family. 

This Festival is celebrated in a wide variety of ways, depending on region, local history and family influences. Some see it as a way to commune with one’s own feminine divinity. A widespread practice honours the Goddess in every woman by inviting young girls to the family's home, feeding them and offering new clothes. During the Festival, women also perform tapas and selfless acts. 

Families in Tamil Nadu traditionally prepare in their homes a kolu, an exhibition of small dolls, figurines and small artifacts on a stepped, decorated shelf. At least one murti of Shakti must be present, as well as wooden figurines of a boy and a girl together to invoke auspicious marriages. To view photographs of the 2017 Navaratri Kolu Display at Yogi Ramsuratkumar Ashram at Tiruvannamalai go to this link here. To view photographs of the 2017 Kolu Display in a private house go to this link here.

In South India the Goddess is worshipped in three forms. During the first three nights, Durga is revered, then Lakshmi on the fourth, fifth and sixth nights, and finally Saraswati until the ninth night. Durga ("invincible" in Sanskrit) is the epitome of strength, courage and ferocity. Her devotees approach Her, sometimes with difficult penances, for those qualities and for the protection she Bestows. 

A more gentle worship is observed for Lakshmi also called Annapurna "Giver of food," Lakshmi is the Goddess of abundance, wealth and comfort. She is the ever-giving mother, worshipped for well being and prosperity. A traditional way of invoking Her is chanting the Sri Suktam. In Her honour, food is prepared and offered to neighbours and all who visit, thus strengthening community ties. On the full moon night following Navaratri, it is believed Lakshmi Herself visits each home and replenishes family wealth. 

The last three days of Navaratri, exalt Saraswati, the form of Shakti personifying wisdom, arts and beauty. Her name literally means "flowing one", a reference to thoughts, words, music and the Saraswati River. Mystically Saraswati is believed to be the keeper of the powerful Gayatri Mantra, which is chanted during the festival to invoke Her supreme blessings. Devotees meditate for days on this mantra alone, as it is considered the door to divine wisdom. 

Tiruvannamalai has many beautiful Temples dedicated to the Divine Mother. The below photographs are of alangarams on the 7th, 8th and 9th days of the Shakti Goddess during this 2017 Navaratri Festival. 




Navaratri Alangarams—Day Seven



Adi Kamakshi Temple: Goddess handing cup of milk (Divine Wisdom) to Nayanar Thirujnana Sambandar

Angalamman Temple near Market: Goddess with Lingam

Close up of Goddess at Angalamman Temple: Notice mirror positioned behind Goddess to show devotees Her intricate hairdress

Angalamman Temple near Government Veterinary Hospital

Durgamman Temple near Bus Stand

Gangaiamman Temple, Tiruvannamalai: Goddess with Lingam

Goddess Kali Temple, Chengham Road

Kamakshi Temple, Thirumanjana Street

Ramana Ashram

Unnamulai Temple, Car Street

Vasavi Temple, Tiruvannamalai



Navaratri Alangarams—Day Eight



Adi Kamakshi Temple: Goddess handing sword to King Shivaji

Close up of Goddess handing sword to King Shivaji

Angalamman Temple near Market

Angalamman Temple near Government Veterinary Hospital

Durgamman Temple near Bus Stand

Gangaiamman Temple, Tiruvannamalai

Kali Temple, Chengham Road

Kamakshi Temple, Thirumanjana Street

Ramana Ashram

Seshadri Ashram

Soudheshwarar Temple, Tiruvannamalai

Unnamulai Temple, Car Street

Vasavi Temple, Tiruvannamalai



Navaratri Alangarams—Day Nine





Adikamakshi Temple near Bus Stand

Close up of Goddess: Adikamakshi Temple near Bus Stand

Angalamman Temple: Goddess with Lingam

Angalamman Temple near Market: Goddess with Balaji

Durgamman Temple near Bus Stand

Gangaiamman Temple, Tiruvannamalai

Kali Temple, Chengham Road

Kamakshi Temple Thirumanjana Street

Ramana Ashram

Unnamulai Temple Car Street

Vasavi Temple, Tiruvannamalai



[With thanks to Professor Hari Prasad for Photographs]


2017 Navaratri Alangarams at Tiruvannamalai—Days 5 and 6



Each year Navaratri commences on the first day (pratipada) of the bright fortnight of the lunar month of Ashvin. The Navaratri festival or 'nine day festival' becomes a 'ten day festival' with the addition of the last day, Vijaya-dasami (day of victory) as its culmination. Today, Saturday September 30, 2017 marked that tenth day of Victory.

A legend explaining the origin of Navaratri is that Adi Shankaracharya gave upadesa at two primary locations during the installation of a Sri Chakra at Srisailam (Andhra Pradesh) and at Koolurmugambika (Karnataka). At the time of the installations he directed women folk to worship the Goddess and seek her blessings for wealth, prosperity and long life for their husbands and overall happiness in the family. 

This Festival is celebrated in a wide variety of ways, depending on region, local history and family influences. Some see it as a way to commune with one’s own feminine divinity. A widespread practice honours the Goddess in every woman by inviting young girls to the family's home, feeding them and offering new clothes. During the Festival, women also perform tapas and selfless acts. 

Families in Tamil Nadu traditionally prepare in their homes a kolu, an exhibition of small dolls, figurines and small artifacts on a stepped, decorated shelf. At least one murti of Shakti must be present, as well as wooden figurines of a boy and a girl together to invoke auspicious marriages. To view photographs of the 2017 Navaratri Kolu Display at Yogi Ramsuratkumar Ashram at Tiruvannamalai go to this link here. To view photographs of the 2017 Kolu Display in a private house go to this link here.

In South India the Goddess is worshipped in three forms. During the first three nights, Durga is revered, then Lakshmi on the fourth, fifth and sixth nights, and finally Saraswati until the ninth night. Durga ("invincible" in Sanskrit) is the epitome of strength, courage and ferocity. Her devotees approach Her, sometimes with difficult penances, for those qualities and for the protection she Bestows. 

A more gentle worship is observed for Lakshmi also called Annapurna "Giver of food," Lakshmi is the Goddess of abundance, wealth and comfort. She is the ever-giving mother, worshipped for well being and prosperity. A traditional way of invoking Her is chanting the Sri Suktam. In Her honour, food is prepared and offered to neighbours and all who visit, thus strengthening community ties. On the full moon night following Navaratri, it is believed Lakshmi Herself visits each home and replenishes family wealth. 

The last three days of Navaratri, exalt Saraswati, the form of Shakti personifying wisdom, arts and beauty. Her name literally means "flowing one", a reference to thoughts, words, music and the Saraswati River. Mystically Saraswati is believed to be the keeper of the powerful Gayatri Mantra, which is chanted during the festival to invoke Her supreme blessings. Devotees meditate for days on this mantra alone, as it is considered the door to divine wisdom. 

Tiruvannamalai has many beautiful Temples dedicated to the Divine Mother. The below photographs are of alangarams on the 5th and 6th days of the Shakti Goddess during this 2017 Navaratri Festival. 


[Note: I have no photographs of the 4th day]



Navaratri Alangarams—Day Five



Adi Kamakshi Temple near Bus Stand

Angalamman Temple near Hospital, Tiruvannamalai

Angalaman Temple near Market, Tiruvannamalai

Durgamman Temple near Bus Stand

Gangaiamman Temple, Tiruvannamalai

Kamakshi Temple Thirumanjana Street

Ramana Ashram

Seshadri Ashram

Vasavi Temple, Tiruvannamalai

Close up of Goddess, Vasavi Temple, Tiruvannamalai



Navaratri Alangarams—Day Six




Adi Kamakshi Temple: Lalita Ambigal with Bala Tripurasundari on Her lap

Close up of Goddess Ambigal with Bala Tripurasundari sitting on Her lap

Angalamman Temple near Market

Angalamman Temple near Government Veterinary Hospital

Durgamman Temple: Goddess with Lingam

Gangaiamman Temple, Tiruvannamalai

Goddess at Kali Temple, Chengham Road

Kamakshi Temple on Thirumanjana Street

Close up of Goddess at Kamakshi Temple, Thirumanjana Street

Ramana Ashram

Seshadri Ashram

Unnamulai Temple, Car Street

Vasavi Temple, Tiruvannamalai



[With thanks to Professor Hari Prasad for photographs]