Arulmigu Aranganatha Swamy Temple - Festivals
Special poojas are conducted during all the nine nights of Navarathri in the month of Puratassi (mid September to mid October) for Her Holiness Mother Aranganayagi who embodies all the powers of the Universe. On the tenth day of Navarathri i.e. during Vijayadhasami, the deity of His Holiness Lord Perumal is carried in a procession to the main entrance. There after special poojas, the Utsav of firing bow and arrow towards the Vanni tree takes place. The blessed bow and arrow from the hands of His Holiness Lord Perumal is taken and passed on to a member of the Vedhavyasapaatar Community which in is then passed on to the Locality's Gowder who after all the necessary pooja will start firing the arrow towards the Vanni tree. After all the ceremonies His Holiness Lord Perumal is taken in a procession into the temple from where he provides vision to his devotees.
Special Five Saturdays
Odd numbered Saturdays of Puratassi brings prosperity. Therefore special worships are held on all five Saturdays of the month of Puratassi signifying the austerity of the days. If the month has four Saturdays only, the last Saturday of the month of Aavani or the First Saturday of the month of Ippasi is considered as the 5th Saturday.
These days brings prosperity and are treated as special occasions for the devotees who undergo a fast.
The month of Margazhi (December - January) sees a flurry of activities dedicated to His Holiness Lord Perumal. Every morning during all the ten days of the Vaikunda Ekadhasi His Holiness Lord Perumal is taken on a procession around the temple with verses from Aalvar recited invoking His blessings. On the 10th day the Lord appears along with Her Holiness Nachiyar in front of the Devotees. On the eve of Vainkunda Ekadhasi His Holiness Lord Perumal raises up to the golden gates of heaven and from there provides a heavenly vision to His devotees.
The Temple Car Festival
The Temple Car Festival is celebrated at the beginning of the birth of thestar sign of His Holiness Lord Perumal. The star sign of His Holiness of the temple is Aastha. The signs Aastha and Rohini have similar facets. Therefore at the beginning of the Star Sign Rohini the Car festival is commenced and its ends during the birth of the star sign Aastha. The festival is commenced with hoisting the Holy Flag on the first day followed by the Holy Car processions on subsequent days. Shimmavaganam, Anumandha Vaganam, Karuda Sevai, Thiru Kalyana Pushpa Vimana Utsav are the Holy Cars which are taken in a procession for four subsequent days after the Holy Flag Hoisting.
Chithirai- Tamil New Year, Sri Ram Navami, Sri Ramanuja Jayanthi
Vaikashi- Nammaalvar Thirunatchatram, Narashimma Jayanthi, Pattar Thirunatchatram
Aani- Sri Chakkarathalvar Thirunatchatram
Aadi- Thakshinaayanapunya Kaalam, Aandaal Thiruvaadipooram
Purataashi- 5 Saturdays, 9 days navarathiri utchavam
Ipashi- Sanai Mudhaliyar Thirunatchatram, Manavaala maamunigan Thirunatchatram, Deepavali
Karthigai- Thirumangai Aalvar Thirunatchatram, Thiru Karthigai Deepam
Margazhi- 10 Days Utchavam, Vaikunda Aegathashi, 10 Nights Utchavam
Thai- Pongal, Kurathaalvar Thirunatchatram
Maashi- Thiru Ther Festival (CAR festival) 12 Days
Panguni- Sri Ranga Naachiyar Panguni Uthram