Aani Uthiram

Aani Uthiram

Aani Uthiram is considered as an auspicious day for the worship of Lord Nataraja (Lord Shiva). This special occasion falls on the day of Uthra nakshathra (star) in the Tamil Month of Aani.

Aani Uthiram is celebrated in most Nataraja temples across the world, with a grand procession of the Lord organised at the famous Chidambaram Nataraja Temple. Thousands of devotees gather at Chidambaram every year to witness the grandeur celebrations of this venerated festival.

Aani Uthram is widely believed to be the day when Lord Shiva appeared before the holy Saint Manikkavachakar underneath a Kurundai tree in order to offer upadesha (advice). Thus this day is considered significant to the many devotees of Lord Nataraja. It is noteworthy that Saint Manickkavachakar is also the author of the much revered religious hymns on the Lord called the “Thiruvachakam”.

The Nataraja form of Lord Shiva signifies five major functions of the Lord namely the creation, preservation, destruction, concealment and salvation. The rattle (udukkai) that he carries in his right hand denotes creation while the raised right arm with the open palm (abhaya hastam) indicates protection. His left hand holding the fire demonstrates the function of destruction. The firmly placed foot of the Lord represents concealment while the other raised leg signifies salvation.


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