Sunday, March 18, 2018

Othandeeswarar Temple, Thirumazhisai – Religious Practices & Festivals

Othandeeswarar Temple, Thirumazhisai – Religious Practices & 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 Tamil Nadu, 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 Sayaratchai 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 Othandeeswarar and Kulirvithanayaki. There are weekly, monthly and fortnightly rituals performed in the temple.
The temple has many festivals in its calendar. They are
1.    Brahmotsavam Festival during Panguni (March - April)
2.    Sani Peyarchi (transit of planet Saturn)
3.    Karthikai in November-December
4.     Pournami
5.    Ammavasai
6.    Pradosham
7.    Shivarathri
8.     Skanda Sashti
9.    Arudra Dharisanam