On the 4th Day of the grand Spring Festival (Vasanth Utasvam) being celebrated at the Thiruvannamalai Lord Arunchaleswarar temple on Saturday, 13th April, the deity of the Lord Arunchaleswarar was brought to the Panneer mandapam located near the Magizha maram on the 3rd corridor of the temple. Subsequently, the ceremony of showering the deity with dolls decorated with yellow silk clothes was performed.
On 14th April, Tamil New Year Day with the start of the Tamil calendar year Vikari, a very rare and special occurrence of the sun’s rays falling directly on the Lingam of the Lord in the sanctum sanctorum at 6.30 AM.
The Hindu Almanac or ‘Panchangam’ will be offered to the Lord Sambandha Vinayakar at the Sanctum Sanctorum and then the Panchangam will be read by the Sivacharyas.
On the 6th Day of the grand Vasantha Utsavam, the deity of the Lord Periyanayakar Somaskandar was especially adorned and was brought to the specially erected ‘Vettiver pandhal’. The deity was offered prayers and worship by the devotees for some time. Subsequently, the event of showering of the dolls of the service girls dressed in silk with 10 holy rounds around the pandhal.
Subsequently, the deity was brought to the ‘Thacholi Mandapam’ (where the temple construction workers took rest when the temple was built) and a grand Deeparadhanai was performed.
As Chithra Pournami is scheduled start at 7.11 PM on 18th April, Thursday, the devotees visiting Thiruvannamalai, after casting their votes in their respective polling booths, may visit during the evening or night.
It is a great tradition and extremely sacred and good to take a ‘pradakshan’ (a round) of the mountain This will also provide relief from the scorching sun!