What is Arudra Darshan?
Thiruvathirai or Arudra darshan marks the divine beginning of a new day in the vertical time zone.
Thiruvathirai (Arudra) in Tamil means “sacred big wave”, which describes how this universe was created by Lord Shiva about 132 trillion years ago- and it is also the name of a Nakshatra.
This festival takes place on the full moon night in the Tamil month of Margazhi, or December–January. In this festival, Lord Shiva is worshiped in his dancing form as Nataraja or King of the Cosmic Dance – he is seen as a red flame dancing in every particle of the universe.
The cosmic dance of Lord Shiva represents five activities – Creation, Protection, Destruction, Embodiment, and Liberation. It represents the continuous cycle of creation and destruction that happens in all of the cosmos and is the source of all energy.