Navarathiri Festival

at Sri Thendayuthapani Temple

between Wednesday, 10.10.2018 to Friday 19.10.2018

 

15, Tank Road, Singapore (238065)

Phone – 6737 9393

eMailchtemple@singnet.com.sg

 

Navarathiri and Vijayadasami are the festivals celebrated over a period of ten days. The first nine days constitute the Navarathiri festival. Navarathiri itself means nine nights (Nava means nine and rathiri means night). The "Dassera" or "Vijayadasami" is the last and tenth day festival.

In Sri Thendayuthapani Temple, the festival is celebrated with Lord Thendayuthapani (also called Murugan) as the main Hero. On the tenth day, Vijayadasami is celebrated by placing the God in a Silver Horse and going on a city procession. Before beginning the procession the chief priest sends arrows to all six directions around a banana tree from his bow, which symbolizes killing of the demon (Devil) by God.


Important Event Details / Timings

 

Event Details

Time

Temple Opening hours - Morning

5.30 AM

Main Sanctum Opening hours - Morning

7.00 AM - 12.00 Noon

Temple Opening hours - Evening

4.00 PM

Main Sanctum Opening hours - Evening

5.30 PM -10.00 PM

Alangara Mandapam Opening (first 9 days)

6.30 PM

Special Pooja & Swamy Ambu Poduthal (on 10th day)

5.30 PM

 

During the first nine days concerts are organized in which Indian classical music (Carnatic, Tamil, Hindustani, etc.), dance and religious songs are played on the stage in front of the Alangara Mandapam. Everyday function and the cultural program details are briefly given below. Entry is free for all and Prasadam is distributed before the commencement of cultural program.

 

The side music (thunai isai) for all days will be played by

 

Vidhwan Mr. R. Srinath - Violin

Vidhwan Mr. V. DevarajanMridangam


Day 1 - Rajangam on 10.10.2018, Wednesday
Raja means king and angam means parts. So Rajangam means king and his government. This scene depicts the Lord Murugan who wore a saint look to be seen as a King holding scepter in his hand. He safeguards the humankind with the six parts of his government viz Army, Citizen, Finance, Ministry, Friendship and Defence.

 

Time

Performance

Artist

7.00 PM to 7.30 PM

Nathaswaram,Thavil

Mr. K. Kannan, Mr. P. Natarajan

(Sri Layan Sithi Vinayagar Temple)

 

Mr. R. Kannan, Mr. K. Senthilkumar

(Sri Thendayuthapani Temple)

7.30 PM to 8.00 PM

Thevaram

Thirumurai Kalanithi S.Vaidyanatha Desikar

8.00 PM to 8.05 PM

Alangara Vilakkam

Dr. SP. Thinnappan

8.05 PM to 8.30 PM

Vocal

Selvi. Meenakshi Ramanathan

8.30 PM to 9.00 PM

Vocal

Mrs SriVidya SriRam Students

9.00 PM to 9.45 PM

Dance

Sathyalayam Music Dance School Students

 

Day 2 - VennaiThazhi on 11.10.2018, Thursday
This scene portrays the Lord as a person who steals butter and cheese from the house of a shepherd. Cheese (white color) symbolizes our clean, pure heart, which the God likes from us.

 

Time

Performance

Artist

7.00 PM to 7.40 PM

Vocal

Mrs. Gayathiri Sankaranarayanan

7.40 PM to 8.20 PM

Vocal

Sri Vidhya Krishna Priyadarshini Sai Sisters

8.20 PM to 8.25 PM

Alangara Vilakkam

Mr. Suba Arunachalam

8.25 PM to 8.40 PM

Vocal

Selvi. Sai Vedika & Aiswarya

8.40 PM to 8.55 PM

Dance

Selvi. Nagalakshmi Palaniappan

8.55 PM to 9.40 PM

Dance

Global Indian School - Dance Class Students

 

Day 3 - Markandeyar on 12.10.2018, Friday
This scene depicts Lord Murugan as Lord Siva, who kicks Yama (God of Death) to safeguard Markandeyar. This represents a story in which fate can be won by mind and devotion. The story is: Yama came in front of Markandeyar, when the later was performing Siva pooja (prayer). Seeing Yama, Markandeyar hugs the Siva Statue Lord Siva appeared in front of him and saved him. (The name of the holy place where this incident is stated to have happened is Thirukkadaiyur in Tamilnadu, India). It is believed that people who go to Thirukkadaiyur and worship Lord Siva get his blessings for longevity.

 

Time

Performance

Artist

7.00 PM to 7.20 PM

Flute

Selvi. Rohini Subramanian & Mr.Vinod Kumar

7.20 PM to 8.00 PM

Vocal

Sangeetha Saraswathi Mrs. K. Baghyamoorthi and Students

8.00 PM to 8.05 PM

Alangara Vilakkam

Mr. L. Sakthi Kumar

8.05 PM to 8.45 PM

Thirumurai Innisai

Singai Thirumurai Students

8.45 PM to 9.00 PM

Dance

Selvi. Valli Murugan & Selvi. Kalyani Murugan

9.00 PM to 9.45 PM

Dance

Aakash Ganga Maalika Girish Panicker & Students

 

Day 4 - Venuganam on 13.10.2018, Saturday
Lord Murugan is seen as Kannan who plays the flute. The flute is a musical instrument made up of thin bamboo stick. All living creatures (Men, women, cows, goats, birds and trees) are fascinated by the music played by Lord Murugan.

Time

Performance

Artist

7.00 PM to 7.50 PM

Thevaram

Arulmigu Sri Layan Sithi Vinayagar Temple Students

7.50 PM to 8.30 PM

Flute

Mr. Gana Vinothan

8.30 PM to 8.35 PM

Alangara Vilakkam

Mr. Nagarajan Palaniappan

8.35 PM to 9.00 PM

Vocal

Mr. Sarath Rajaram

9.00 PM to 9.45 PM

Dance

Mrs. Sathana Rajaram &

Sathana Performance Arts Students


Day 5 - Kannappa Nayanar on 14.10.2018, Sunday
A true devotee of Lord Siva, Thinnappan, a hunter of the forest near Sri Kalahasti, prayed to him by preparing pork, tasted it and offered to God (Siva Lingam). On the sixth day he saw the God bleeding and he removed his eyeballs and pasted on the Siva Lingam (God Statue). Hence Thinnappan was given the name Kannappan (Kann in tamil means an eye) by Lord Siva. This illustrates the man’s devotion to God. Here Lord Murugan represents Lord Siva (Murugan’s Father)

Time

Performance

Artist

7.00 PM to 7.50 PM

Thevaram

Arulmigu Thendayuthapani Temple Students

7.50 PM to 8.30 PM

Vocal

Sangeetha Isai Kalaimani Vigneswaran Shanmuganathan

8.30 PM to 8.35 PM

Alangara Vilakkam

Mr. CT. Arunachalam

8.35 PM to 9.00 PM

Vocal

Mrs. Gayathiri Sakthivel

9.00 PM to 9.45 PM

Dance

Baratha Arts Kesavan Sisters


Day 6 - Oonjal on 15.10.2018, Monday
Lord Murugan appears as Mother Goddess who swings in the heard of true devotees. This scene reflects Human beings who roam in between happiness and sorrow and obtain peace through prayer.

Time

Performance

Artist

7.00 PM to 7.30 PM

Vocal

Mrs. Sundari Sathappan

7.30 PM to 8.10 PM

Vocal

Mrs. Swapna Sri Anandh

8.10 PM to 8.15 PM

Alangara Vilakkam

Mr. KN. Manickam

8.15 PM to 8.40 PM

Vocal

Mr. N.S. Ganesan Group

8.40 PM to 8.55 PM

Dance

Selvi. Mathuri Suresh

8.55 PM to 9.40 PM

Dance

Mrs Usha Rani Maniyam Dance Students


Day 7 - Pittuku Mann Sumandhal on 16.10.2018, Tuesday
When the Vaigai river in Madurai was flooding the king ordered everyone to volunteer to bring sand (mann) to build a river bank to control the flood. Lord Siva became a coolie (manual worker) for an old woman called Vandhi who sells Pittu (sweet rice flour). Lord Siva got pittu as wage from the old woman for carrying out the orders from the king on behalf of the old woman. But, he slept after eating. The king saw him sleeping and gave him a canning punishment. Lord Siva gave a holistic appearance to the king. Here Lord Murugan represents Lord Siva.

 

Time

Performance

Artist

7.00 PM to 7.30 PM

Violin

Mr. G. Manikandan Students

7.30 PM to 8.10 PM

Vocal

Mrs. Thenammai Palaniappan

8.10 PM to 8.15 PM

Alangara Vilakkam

Mrs. Jothi Senthil

8.15 PM to 8.45 PM

Vocal

Mrs. Soundaranayaki Vairavan

8.45 PM to 9.30 PM

Dance

Bharathanjali (Guru) Naatiya Acharya Mani – Mr. V. Balakrishnan

 

Day 8 - Kalinga Narthanam on 17.10.2018, Wednesday
This scene illustrates Lord Kannan, who killed a devil kalinga, which was a five-headed snake on the Yamuna River and danced on it. Here Lord Murugan represents Lord Kannan.

 

Time

Performance

Artist

7.00 PM to 7.40 PM

Vocal

Mrs. Gayathiri Karthi

7.40 PM to 8.20 PM

Vocal

Mr. P.B. Madhavan

8.20 PM to 8.25 PM

Alangara Vilakkam

Mr. S. Meyyappan

8.25 PM to 8.55 PM

Vocal

Vamsithvani Music School Students

8.55 PM to 9.40 PM

Dance

Natya Ranjani Vidusai Sri Lakshmi Students


Day 9 - Saraswathi Poojai on 18.10.2018, Thursday

The scene depicts the Goddess of knowledge, Saraswathi who performs a prayer to Lord Siva.

 

Time

Performance

Artist

7.00 PM to 7.30 PM

Instrumental Music (Veenai)

Selvi Nandhini , Uma Gowri  & Darmini (Meenakshi Students)

7.30 PM to 8.00 PM

Vocal

Sugaragam Music School Students

8.00 PM to 8.05 PM

Alangara Vilakkam

Mr. S. Lakshmanan

8.05 PM to 8.35 PM

Instrumental Music (Veenai)

Alaphana Arts

Mrs. R. Banumathi and Students

8.35 PM to 9.05 PM

Dance

Alaphana Arts

Mrs. Lawanya and Students


Day 10 - Vijayadasami on 19.10.2018, Friday
Vijayadasami means a day of Victory. The Lord arrows a banana tree from his bow, which symbolizes killing the demon (Devil). Lord Muruga goes on a city procession in a silver horse, with bow and arrow. When he returns to the temple, a grand Deeparathanai is performed and the festivity comes to an end with a grand feast to all devotees.

To view the Navarathiri information in Tamil, please Click Here.

For your viewing pleasure photographs of all the 10 days function is available in Multimedia Gallery under Navarathiri Page. Click here to view them.

 

Devotees are kindly requested to observe the following guidelines:-

 

1. On the ambu poduthal day, devotees are requested not to push through the crowd. Please queue up in an orderly manner to perform the ceremony of ambu poduthal. As a custom, it is only for boys to perform the ambu poduthal and people from all ages are refrained to do so.

 

2. After ambu poduthal, devotees are requested not to peel the banana tree in order to facilitate others to perform their religious obligation.

 

3. When the god's procession takes place, devotees are requested not to follow through the procession route.

 

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