Anually many festivals are carried out in the temple. Some
of the festivals are famous and important The most famous festival is "Karthigai Deepam" and is celebrated in the month of
The 'Karthigai Deepam' festival is celebrated for ten days.
During the festival everyday in the morning and night 'Lord Arunachaleswara'
will come for procession. In the morning 'Lord
Chandrashekara' will come for procession. In the
Night 'Lord Periya Nayagar' will come for the
procession. The smilling face of the 'Periya Nayagar' steals the show. Everyone
should dharshan 'Periya Nayagar'.
Everyday in the night 'Pancha Moorthis'
will come for the procession. They are 'Vinayagar' , 'Subramaniyar' ,
'Arunachaleswarar' , 'Abeethakuchaambal' and 'Sandeswarar'.
On every day of the festival elobarate arrangements will be made for the
procession. On everyday night 'Deeparadhana' will be performed for 'Pancha
moorthis' in the 'Kalyana Mandapam' and they will go for procession. Everyday
big 'Vahanas' will be there for swami. Arunachaleswarar will give dharshan on
'Vahanams' and big umberllas will be put.
Fifth day has the very big vahanam and it is 'Rishabha Vahanam'. It is made up of silver and the
total height is 25 feet from the ground. The diameter of the umberlla for that
day is 17 feet.
The scene of climbing over 'Rishaba vahanam' is very nice and emotional.
Everyone in a life time should see this day.
The sixth day is 'Silver chariot'. The chariot is made up of pure silver
and it is beutifully built. The seventh day is 'MahaRatham'. This
chariot is made up of wood and it is very big. It takes the full size of the
road while running. All these 'Silver Vahanams' are maintained by the
The Tenth day is 'Maha Deepam'. On the morning at 4'o clock , the 'Bharani
Deepam' will be light on. And then these Deepams will be placed all over the
On the Evening, 'Panch Moorthis' will have the maha-abhishekam and very
grand 'alankaram' then they come to the 'Deepa-darshana Mandapam'. Exactly at
6,o clock 'MahaDeepam' will be lighted on the top of the Mountain. At the same
time 'Deeparadhana' will be performed to 'Pancha moorthis'. Lakhs of people will
dharshan the 'Mahadeepam' every Year and they will go to the extreme
Two days after the 'mahadeepam' Arunachaleswarar will go to perform the
'GiriPradhakshina' (Making round the hill).
ThiruVoodal Festival :
This is the another grand festival for Lord Arunachaleswarar on the day
after 'Mahara Shankaranthi' or 'Pongal' day in the month of January. It will
come usually on 15th of January every year. During the leap year it will come on
the 16th January of every year.
There very big Umberlla will be put for the swamy. The total weight of
swamy and the umberlla is in tonnes, but they are carrying with the grace of
Swamy will make three rounds of the temple and in the Evening
'Thiruvoodal' festival will be performed. This festival also is important and to
The importance of this festival is that Lord Arunachaleswara is giving
darshan in three form as Brhamma, Lord Vishnu andLord Rudhra. There
was a Saint called Bhringu Maharishi who was a follower of Lord Shiva only. He
worships only Lord shiva and not Goddess Parvathi. In the Mount.Kailash he
usually go rounds Lord Shiva and not Lord parvathi. Once Parvathi
gets angry and sit very close to Lord Shiva. As usual Bhringu Maharishi came and
see parvathi is sitting very close to Lord Shiva. So he makes half round as
human form and take a form of insect that will penetrate into woods. He
penetrates in between Lord Shiva and parvathi and completes his
pradhakshana(rounding). And parvathi gets really angry and
takes all the energy from his body. Bhringu Maharshi is now with only Bones and
skin. By seeing his condition Lord Shiva became very pity on him and
he wants to give him "Mukthi". But parvathi objects to that. But Lord
shiva goes ahead and gives him "Mukthi".
Deepam Festival '2006