Thyagaraja Temple, Thiruvarur – Poojas
The temple has six daily rituals at various times from 5:00 am to 9 pm and twelve yearly festivals on its calendar. The annual chariot festival of the Thyagarajaswami temple is celebrated during April – May. The Chariot is the largest in Tamil Nadu weighing 300 tons with a height of 90 feet. The Chariot comes around the four main streets surrounding the temple during the festival. The Chariot festival is followed by the “Theppam” festival. Pooja Timings are listed below;
· Ushathkalam Pooja – 05.30 A.M
· Kalasanthi Pooja – 09.00 A.M
· Uchikalam Pooja – 12.00 P.M
· Sayarakshai Pooja – 06.00 P.M
· Irandamkalam Pooja – 07.00 P.M
· Arthajama Pooja – 08.45 P.M
Abishekam is not performed to Lord Thyagaraja but to the Maragatha Linga (precious emerald Linga known as Veedhi Vidanga Linga believed to have been worshipped earlier by Indira) at 8.30 a.m., 11.00 a.m. and at 7.00 p.m. each day. After the abishek is over, the Linga would be placed in a silver box with flowers and covered by a silver vessel. This will be then locked in the presence of officials and placed on the right side of Lord Thyagaraja.
It is also noteworthy that Pradosha puja is performed in this temple every day – known as Nitya Pradosham – from 4.30 p.m. to 6.00 p.m. though it is performed once in a fortnight in other temples. It is said that all the Devas – 33 crore in number (Muppathu Mukkodi in Tamil) are worshipping Lord Thyagaraja during this puja. The devotee worshipping the Lord in the evening is blessed by all Gods, it is believed.