Sashti, the sixth day in the bright half of the month of Aippasi (Oct 15 -
Nov 15), is celebrated in Saivite temples all over Tamilnadu, and with an extra measure of
grandeur in temples dedicated to Subramanya. Skanda Sashti commemorates the destruction of
evil by the Supreme General Kartikeya, son of Shiva.
- a Sri Vaishnava perspective: Most South Indian temples celebrate
Bhramotsavam, a ten day long festival involving the procession of festival images on gaily
decorated mounts. The significance of Bhramotsavam in SriVaishnava temples, and the
daily events in the 9 day Bhramotsavam at Tirumala
(Tirupati) are presented here.
|Arudra Darisanam The pre-dawn hours of the
full moon night, in the tamil month of Margazhi coinciding with the asterism of
Tiruvadirai marks the auspicious time for Arudra Darisanam - of Nataraja in Saivite
temples all over Tamilnadu. The 10 day festival (Margazhi Peruvizhaa) is described in
detail in this feature.
The Arunachaleswarar Temple at Tiruvannamalai is
one of the grandest in India. The Grand Kartikai Peruvizha,a complex festival involving a
multitude of festivites and hundreds of thousands of participants happens with amazing
regularity, each year - and can be described as a case study in operations
Kartikai Deepam - An image
Experience the grandeur of the finale of the Kartikai Deepam festival at
|Festivals at Tiruvannamalai:
Experience the drama of the Tiruvoodal festival, Margazhi Tiruvadirai and yet another
account of the Kartikai Peruvizha.
|The Chittirai Tiruvizha at the
Madurai temple attracts hundreds of thousands. It features spectacular processions and an
enactment of Meenakshi Kalyanam.
||Several festivals are celebrated throughout the year
at Madurai, and many of them involve the enactment of legends surrounding
the Madurai temple.