Tamil Nadu

‘Arudhra darshan’ at Thiru Uthirakosamangai

A large number of devotees thronged Sri Mangalanatha Swamy Temple at Thiru Uthirakosamangai near here on Friday, and offered worship as the temple authorities unveiled the rare life-size emerald Natarajar idol, which remains indoors, anointed with sandal paste, throughout a year, for ‘Arudhra darshan.’

The devotees from Ramanathapuram district, neighbouring districts and other parts of the State, made a beeline for the ancient Shiva temple, known as ‘Dakshina Kailash’, to worship the emerald Natarajar during the annual event as the temple priests, amid chanting of mantras, opened the sanctum sanctorum at 9 a.m. The priests removed the sandal paste on the emerald Natarajar idol, standing to a height of 1.8 metres, and performed 32 types of ‘abishekams’ before allowing the devotees to have ‘darshan’.

The devotees would be allowed to have ‘darshan’ till 11 p.m., after which the sanctum sanctorum would be closed for ‘Maha abishekam’, V. Mahendiran, Diwan and executive secretary of Ramanathapuram Samasthanam Devesthanam, said.

The idol would be anointed with fresh sandal paste before sunrise on Saturday, he said, adding the sanctum sanctorum would be closed before sunrise and remain closed for one year. The idol would be unveiled for Arudhra Darshan on Thiruvathirai day in the Tamil month of Margazhi next year, he added.

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