Shivaratri festival celebration at Arunachaleswar Temple
Here in Tiruvannamalai, the celebration of the holy night of Shivarathri is observed with great devotion and fervor, as Sivarathri means ‘The night of Shiva’, and the Holy Mount of Arunachala is believed to be Shiva incarnate on earth. Therefore this holy day is observed and revered by the multitudes. This year, Shivarathri Festival was celebrated in the Arunachelaswar temple on March 14th.
Shiva, sometimes referred to as the destroyer of the ‘Ego’ is worshiped on this night, on the 6th night of the dark Phalgun (Feb or March) every year.
On this auspicious day, devotees observe fast and keep vigil all night. Mahashivaratri marks the night when Lord Shiva performed the ‘Tandava’. Tandava, as performed in the sacred dance-drama of southern India, has vigorous, brisk movements. Performed with joy, the dance is called Ananda Tandava. Performed in a violent mood, the dance is called Rudra Tandava.
It is also believed that on this day Lord Shiva was married to Parvati Ma.