Thiruvathira Fesival, the Birth Day of Lord Siva

            

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The asterism Aridra or Thiruvathira ( Alpha Orionis ) coincides with Full Moon and we have the Festival Of Thiruvathira in Dhanus ( sidereal Sagittarius ), hailed by some as the Birth Day of the Lord ! ( Today, 4th Jan, Moon in Aridra opposes the Sun in sidereal Sagittarius ).

Thiruvathira is celebrated in Kerala and T N. In T N, the day is known as Ardra Darshan.

This is the day when Lord Shiva burnt the God of Love, Kama Deva to ashes, implying the symbolism that the Yogi should burn up Eros or Kama, the lust that binds man to the sublunar world,  in order to achieve Self Actualisation.

Thiruvathira is celebrated especially by the womenfolk. At night time, women perform Thiruvathira Kali or Kaikotti Kali. Around a lighted lamp, they stand in a circle and perform this dance.

The ravishing Kerala maidens, play this dance, in order to gain a great husband. Like Parvathy's dance to gain Lord Shiva !

It is believed that, in order to keep Lord Shiva awake, after He drank poison, Mother Parvathi and Her friends danced this glorious dance.

In another version, the Gopis took vows to get Lord Krishna as their husband and their dance became the divine Athira Dance ! 
Long live different versions !

In another version, Rathi prayed to the Lord to restore Kamadeva and Lord Shiva restored him to life. And Rathi danced in ecstasy and that dance became Thiruvathira ! That is why it is said that the Lord gave Salvation to both Rathi and Parvathy on this glorious day!

Athira Nalithu Shambhuvinte
Janmanal Poothiruvathirayam
Sree Parvathikkum Rathikkum innu
Shankaran Prathyaksha Moksham nalki

Athira is the Birthstar
Of Love Immortal
Self Actualisation He gave today
To Rathi and Parvathi !

Poo Thiru Athira - first Thiruvathira Day after girls become adults.
Puthan Thiru Athira - first Thiruvathira Day for married women, Sumangalis

 


 

Similar to Thiruvathira in Kerala, in T N, Ardra Darshanam is celebrated. Chidambaram in  TN is one of most celebrated Siva shrines. The Cosmic Dancer ( " The Dancing Siva is the dancing Universe - Capra" ) revealed the secrets of his Dance here to his devotee, Nandana.

 

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 Chidambaram                                                    Full Moon

 

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                        Aridra or Thiruvathira or Betelgeuse 

 

When Life becomes complex, there is no other alternative but to take refuge in the Unknown !

O Unknown ( Fate ) show Thy hand
Ourselves we do not owe
What is decreed must be
And be this so !

The magnificent Athira Dance


O Lord of the Unvierse
And the Obstacle Remover
And the Mother who pervades everywhere
Bless us to perform
The auspicious Athira Dance
So characeristic of Thiruvathira
O Splendor of Dhanu month
Today is Thine Birthday !


Unni Ganapati Thamburanum
VInnil Niranja Bhagavathikkum
Mangalya Athira Pooja cheyvan
Njangale ennum thunachidenam !
Margazhi Masathin Madaka Jyothisse
Mararipuvinte Janma Tare


Ardra constellation ( Sanskrit ) became Athira in Malayalam  and the Athira Songs are songs praising the Lord Shiva,
His consort and the infant Ganesh.


Here are some famous Athira songs, in Sanskritised Malayalam. 

Parvanendhu Mukhee Parvathy....
Kaithapoo Manamulla Chanchalakshi....
Viphalam Te Vairasene....
Pankajakshan Kadal Varnan .....
Saraswathiye Saranam.....
Kottum njan Kettilla.......
Jaya Jaya naga  Keerthana
Santhapamarutharuthe
Kaithozham Krishna
Kalavaanikal Padi
Dhanu masa Paalazhi...
Margazhi Manjil.....
Dhanu Masa Pularikal......
Sarasa dala Nayanan.....
Malleeswaran Poomizhi Thurannu...
Appam Ada Pazham.
Maya Manoharane ... Gopalakrishna......



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28 days before Ardra or Athira
In the solar Month Dhanu
This Vrata begins
First 14 days after noon
Next 14 days after dusk
Athira Dance is played
With restrictions on food
With mental control
Such exercises
Purify body and mind !