Saturday, March 19, 2016

Uppiliappan Temple, Tirunageswaram – Festivals

Uppiliappan Temple, Tirunageswaram – Festivals
Brahmotsavam is grandly celebrated in the temple in the months of Purattasi (September-October), Aipasi (October-November) and Panguni (March-April).
Panguni Brahmotsavam (March-April):
Brahmotsavam for 9 days with big chariot festival will be conducted on the 9th Day of Shravanam. The lord appeared in this place in Panguni Shravanam and married Bhoomi Devi in Aippasi Shravanam and every year; these are celebrated as grand festivals. The chariot festival is the most prominent festival of the temple, celebrated for nine days during the Tamil month of Panguni (March–April) and devotees from various places pull the chariot round the streets of temple. Verses from the Nalayira Divya Prabandham are recited by a group of temple priests amidst music with Nadaswaram (pipe instrument) and tavil (percussion instrument).
The processional idols of Uppiliappan and Bhoomidevi are brought to the temple car early in the morning amidst Vedic chantings. Subsequently, the festive idols are taken to the Ther Thatti Mandapam (chariot launching hall). Theratharohanam, the rituals associated with taking the idols to the temple car is performed in an auspicious time before starting the procession.
Aippasi Brahmotsavam (Oct-Nov):
Kalyana Utsavam (holy marriage of god and goddess) for 12 days commencing from Shravanam during Aippasi (Oct–Nov) will be conducted. The lord appeared in this place in Panguni Shravanam and married Bhoomi Devi in Aippasi Shravanam and every year; these are celebrated as grand festivals.
Purattasi Brahmotsavam (Sept - Oct):
Brahmotsavam will be conducted for nine days of Purattasi (Sept – Oct). Little Chariot (Goratham) procession will be conducted on the last day of Shravanam.
Vasantha Utsavam (Vaikasi (May-June)):
Vasantha Utsavam or the spring festival for 6 days at the Nandavanam (garden), culminating on Shravanam day.
Pavithrotsavam (Avani (Aug - Sep)):
Pavithrotsavam (purifying festival) will be conducted for 5 days ending on Shravanam day during Avani (Aug – Sep). Early morning garuda Seva of the Lord will be conducted. On Avani Thiruvonam star day, Perumal grants darshan – Udaya Garuda Sevai. Then he bathes in the Nattaru River praised as Dakshina Ganga. Special pujas are performed after this event. The practice of soothsaying before the lamps is followed even these days.
Adhyayana Utsavam (Margazhi (Dec-Jan)):
Adhyayana Utsavam (ten day and ten-night festival) will be conducted during Margazhi (Dec–Jan) Day Utsavam will be conducted for 10 days. Night Utsavam will be conducted for 10 days. Additional 2 days Utsavam will be conducted. Totally it is 22 days festival.
Float Festival (Thai (Jan - Feb)):
Float festival for 5 days culminating on Shravanam will be conducted.
Sri Ramanavami (Apr-May):
Rama Navami, the festival associated with Rama, an avatar of Vishnu. The event is celebrated for ten days in the months of April/May with music and dance performance and on the concluding day, Kanakabhishekam (ablution with gold for the festival image) and Rama Pattabishekam are conducted on a grand and majestic scale, attended by thousands of devotees.
Sravana Deepam & Sravana Vratham:
Sravana Deepam is a festival celebrated every month in the temple on the day of Tamil star of Thiruvonam and devotees observe fast called Sravana Vratham that day by consuming only unsalted food. Every month, Shravanam day is celebrated in a grand manner in this temple, when thousands of devotees congregate and worship the Lord. The Sravana Deepam function, which is held at about 11 a.m. on that day is a big event that attracts pilgrims from all over the country and abroad.
Prarthana Festivals:
On the specific requests of the devotees, in fulfillment of their vow, Kalyana Utsavam, Garuda Sevai, Golden chariot, Dolothsavam, Nitya aaradhana, mirror-room Seva and Durbar Seva are performed at the appropriate timings. Besides, Thirumanjanam (holy bathing) of the Moolavar deity, Utsavar deity, Rama etc., is also done on requests from devotees.