Sathyanatheswarar Temple (Karaivananathar Temple), Thirukalimedu, Kanchipuram – Worship & Religious Practices
The temple priests perform the puja (rituals) during festivals and on a daily basis. The temple rituals are performed two times a day; Kalasanthi at 8:00 a.m & Sayarakshai at 6:00 p.m. Each ritual comprises four steps: Abhishekam (sacred bath), Alangaram (decoration), neivethanam (food offering) & deepa aradanai (waving of lamps) for both Sathyanatheswarar and Pramarambikai Amman.
There are weekly rituals like Somavaram (Monday) and sukravaram (Friday), fortnightly rituals like Pradosham and monthly festivals like Amavasai (new moon day), Kiruthigai, Pournami (full moon day) and sathurthi. The Margazhi Thiruvathirai during the Tamil month of Margazhi (December - January), Aippasi Annabishekam during Aippasi (October - November) and Maha Sivarathri during February - March are the three festivals celebrated in the temple.
During Wednesdays, devotees take a holy dip in the temple tank located outside the temple and worship Shiva with green pulse, which is considered a sacred aspect for Budha (Venus).