Arudra Darshan The term means the vision of the divine– Worshipping the Dancing God
Arudra Darshan is a Hindu festival dedicated to Nataraja. NatarajaNataraja
Nataraja, also known as Koothan, is the title given to the dancing aspect and the depiction of Shiva. The name Nataraja is a combination of two Sanskrit words – “Nata” and “Raja”. is considered to be the dancing aspect of Shiva. Sometimes, Arudra Darshan is also considered as the birthday of Nataraja. The festival is celebrated on the full moon days during December to January. The festival is celebrated with devotion all over India.
People, especially unmarried women, eat their food before sunrise and observe fast for the rest of the day. The devotees and worshippers break their fast after seeing the moon and offering prayers to the deity. A special food item called Thiruvathirai KaliKali
There are several traditions of how Kali came into existence... made of rice, jaggery, gram, coconut, cardamom and ghee is prepared for Nataraja, and a special dish called Thiruvathirai It is a South Indian dish which is made during the festival of Thiruvathirai which falls in the month of December-January and is celebrated on a very large scale in the Southern states of India. The festival is dedicated to Lord Shiva and so is this dish. It is made up of raw rice, jiggery, grated coconut and clarified butter. Cardamom seeds and cashew nuts are used to garnish it. Rice is roasted till it gets golden brown. Melted jaggery is mixed with it, along with grinded coconut. Roasted cashew nuts are used to garnish and add extra flavor.
Ezhu is cooked and served to the people on this day. Coconut milk is also offered to the deity. People chant mantras of the deity the whole day, meditate and refrain themselves from all kinds of malefic and bad activities. A unique dance form known as Thiruvathira Kali She is the embodiment of empowerment and a fierce aspect of the Goddess. She is black in her complexion and thus she is named Kali. She is the Goddess of time, power, change and destruction and is majorly worshipped in South India, Bengal and Assamis performed by women to honor their deity on this day. The dance consists of circular movements along with clapping and singing. The dance signifies ShivaShiva
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Beliefs and Significance
There are several temples of Nataraja all over India. However, the most important one that is regarded as the shrine of the deity is Chidambaram Shiva Temple in Tamil Nadu. The festival of Arudra Darshan is celebrated with greatest zeal and passion at this temple. Worshipping the deity on this day is believed to bless the devotees with unparalleled prosperity and happiness in life. Nataraja form of Shiva is considered to symbolize the five main aspects of the cosmic universe – creation, protection, destruction, personification, and relinquishment. The universe is believed to be based on only on these aspects, and as Shiva symbolizes all of them, he indirectly symbolizes the universe and thus existence.