Kailasanathar Temple, Srivaikundam, Thoothukudi – Festivals
The temple follows Saivite tradition. The temple priests perform the pooja (rituals) during festivals and on a daily basis. As at other Shiva temples of Tamilnadu, the priests belong to the Shaivite community, a Brahmin sub-caste. The temple rituals are performed four times a day: Kalasanthi at 8:30 a.m., Uchikalam at 11:30 p.m., Sayarakshai at 6:00 p.m., and Aravanai Pooja between 8:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Each ritual has three steps: Alangaram (decoration), neivethanam (food offering) and deepa aradanai (waving of lamps) for both Kailasanathar and Sivakami. During the last step of worship, nagaswaram (pipe instrument) and tavil (percussion instrument) are played, religious instructions in the Vedas (sacred text) are recited by priests, and worshippers prostrate themselves in front of the temple mast. There are weekly, monthly and fortnightly rituals performed in the temple. The temple is open from 6am - 12 pm and 4-8:30 pm on all days except during new moon days when it is open the full day.
The Brahmotsavam festival celebrated during the Tamil months of Chittirai (April - May) and Aippasi (October - November) are the most prominent festivals of the temple. Other festivals like Sivarathri, Arattu festival, Thirukalyanam (sacred marriage) and Kanthasashti are the other festivals celebrated. The Thirukalyanam festival is attended by thousands of devotees in the region. Major festivals celebrated in this temple are;
· Monthly Pradosham
· Maha Shivrathri in February-March
· Aavani Moolam in August-September
· Panguni Uthiram in March-April
· Vaikasi Visakam in May-June
· 10 day Chithirai Mother Chamundeeswari festival commencing from the first day after new moon day in April-May
· Aadi Pooram in July-August
· Karthikai Deepam in November-December
· Margazhi Tiruvadhirai in December-January
· Thai Poosam in January-February
· Aipasi Annabishekam in October-November