Arulmigu Soundararaja Perumal Temple

Nagapattinam - 611001

Arulmigu Soundararaja Perumal Temple
Nagapattinam - 611001

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Soundararaja Perumal Temple's Festival

Soundararaja Perumal Temple's Festival


The temple is a mahakshetra or a big temple and the worship mode is very elaborate and summons special blend of Tamil songs sung by Alwars and the Sanskrit Vedas. The temple rituals are performed six times a day: the first offering to the Deity is made at 7 a.m., the Lord accepts naivedya at 8:00 a.m., the elaborate noon worship with the chanting of the songs of the Alwars is at noon, evening worship begins at 6:00 p.m., another worship to the Lord is performed at 7:00 p.m. and the final worship for the day is at 10:00 p.m, after which the Lord retires to His chambers.. Each ritual has three steps: decorating the Diety with fresh flower garlands, offering various delicacies prepared in the Deity kitchen and maha-arati, for both Soundararajan and Soundaravalli. Many varieties of musical instruments are played, religious instructions in the Vedas (sacred texts) are recited by priests, and worshippers prostrate themselves in front of the temple flag mast. There are weekly, monthly and fortnightly rituals performed in the temple.
During the Tamil month of Chittirai, which marks the beginning of the New Year, the solar calendar is read in the temple premises and the festival Deity is taken in procession around the mada street of the temple. Similar processions are followed during the Maga star of Chittirai and Maga months. The five day festival of Nammalwar during the Tamil month of Aani is celebrated to commemorate his birth anniversary. The ten – day annual festival of Soundaravalli Thayar is celebrated during the same month when the flag is hoisted and the festival Deity of Thayar is taken in different chariots on the streets around the temple. This is a very rare event as only few temples enjoy independent flag mast for the consort of the Lord and independent festival thereof. This is a rare temple where the consort of the Lord enjoys as much privileges as the Supreme Lord.
During the month of Panguni in the star of Uthiram, Soundararaja Perumal arrives at the shrine of Soundaravalli Thayar and the celestial wedding is celebrated. Garlands are exchanged between the Deities. During the Tamil month of Aadi, to commemorate summer solstice, ten day festival is celebrated in the temple when the festival image of Perumal is taken on the streets around the temple. Then the Lord is brought in the vasantha mantapa where He listens to the works of His pure devotee Thirumangai Alwar . Krishna Janmashtami is the greatest in the year. Many devotees throng to have a glimpse of the Supreme Lord. Saturdays of Tamil month Puratassi, Navratri, Vaikuntha Ekadashi and Vijayadashami are celebrated during the respective days. A ten day festival is celebrated during the Tamil month of Purattasi, commemorating Manavala Maamunigal. Musical instruments like shuddamadallam, ekalam, thiruchinnam and thalam are used during such festivals. During Thiruvasi festival, the temple chariot is drawn round the streets of the temple. The ten day Brahmotsava is the grandest festival in Thirunagai divya desam.

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