Thiruvathirai (Aruthra Tharisanam)

Thiruvathirai (Aruthra Tharisanam)  will be celebrated on 11th Jan 2017
Arudra Darisanam, a festival dedicated to Lord Nataraja, is major event in the Shiva temples in Tamil Nadu. This festival is observed during the full moon night in the Tamil month of Margazhi (December-January).

This is a grand festival in which abhisheks are offered to Lord Nataraja and Sivakami, his consort. The rituals are held in the pre-dawn hours, when the moon is still shining brightly. Various ceremonies are held amid the holy chants in Sanskrit and Tamil. A grand procession is later taken through the streets.

Thiruvathira festival is also celebrated in Kerala, but for a different reason. It is more of a women festival in Kerala with women emulating Goddes parvati, who tries to get Shiva as her husband.

THIRUVATHIRAI KALI (MASHED FLOUR): Cendanar of Naukoor, a disciple of Paddinattu Adigal, used to eat only after feeding some Saiva devotees. Due to a constant bad weather he could not get together all the essentials for a proper meal. He had no option but to mix water with flour and prepare a mashed paste. Lord Siva understood his predicament. He wanted the people to know how sincere his devotee was to him. Therefore he disguised himself as a Siva devotee and visited Cendanar’s hut and enjoyed what was given to him as food. The temple attendants saw the premises scattered with the mashed paste the following morning. Inquiries led to an understanding of Cendanar’s piety and he was thereafter bestowed with all due respect. This incident took place in a Markali Thiruvathirai. This is why Thiruvathirai Kali forms an important prasad on this holy day.

How to celebrate Thiruvadhirai: On this auspicious day, unmarried women and girls should take oil bath and wear new clothes. Clean the house, decorate the pooja room by putting kolam and make the unmarried girls or children sit near the kolam and place a banana leaf and keep 1 ladle of thiruvadhirai kali along with thalagam, beetle leaves(Vetrilai), banana, coconut and do neivedhyam and seek the blessings of the God Lord Shiva.


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hey thanks for the history behind thiruvathirai festivities. I was always only told that this day was for worshipping Lord Siva.

hey friends,

I liked this website very much. it is very useful, i think from children point of view and also for us.

many of the festivals we have not questioned our parents, most of them we have not followed,
even at this say after we have become mothers and some of us grandmothers, sometimes we do things very ritualistically without understand.

thanks and regards


mami, i always look forward to your posts to know about upcoing festivals incase my family in India forget to tell me :-)

Thanks so much for sharing the significance of making kali. I was told some stupid story for why we are making kali and did not want to share it with my 10 year old daughter. I researched and found this. Thank you.

I did Thalagam as per ur receipe. Its nicely come, and everybody enoyed it.
Thank u very much for ur posting.
One doubt , usually no dall is needed, or your is like this


thalagam in our house is called masiya kuzhambu and we use 7 vegetables and use Jeeragam instead of sesame seeds. This kuzhambu is very tasty and very yummy with Kali

hi subbu mami, this is mamtha from bangalore i seroiusly 4get every festival receipe after preparation because i have ur website to see again and again

Very nice n useful information. Thank you so much..!!! - VaniShri , Bangalore

Your recipes are wonderful as they are blended with religious fervor !!

Nice images.Thank you for benefits of Lord shiva and wonderful for dancing for Lord shiva.Perform this homam Margazhi Special Ritual combo offer to Get the blessings of 10 avataras of Lord Mahavishnu.

Nice website.Thank you for giving THIRUVATHIRAI KALI Recipes.Nice images.I will Perform this homamMrityunjaya Homam
to Increased longevity and healthy life.

Maami, could you please share the slokas for every festivals too. Thank you!

Subbu mami - thank you so much for doing this blog and sharing these recipes - you are helping me so very much - you have no idea!! Siva's blessings to you and your family always! ~Hema



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