Aani Thirumanjanam is on July 10, 2016 (Sunday). In Thillai Chidambaram 10 day Festival begins on 1 July (Friday) with Kodiyetram
On July 10, Abhishegam for Lord Nataraja will be start at around 3 am in the early morning. Aani Uthira Darisanam will be at around 12 pm noon IST
The important dates of 10 day festival in Chidambaram is given below.
1 July 2016 (Friday) – Dwajarohanam (Kodiyetram)
2 July 2016 (Saturday) – Thanga Suriyaprabhai Vahanam
3 July 2016 (Sunday) – Velli Chandraprabhai Vahanam
4 July 2016 (Monday) – Bhootha Vahanam (Silver)
5 July 2016 (Tuesday) – Velli Rishabha Vahanam
6 July 2016 (Wednesday) – Gaja (Yaanai) Vahanam (Silver)
7 July 2016 (Thursday) – Thanga Kailasa Vahanam
8 July 2016 (Friday) – Bhikshadanar in Golden Chariot
9 July 2016 (Saturday) – Maha Rathotsavam (Ther)
10 July 2016 (Sunday) – Aani Thirumanjanam
– Maha Abhishekam at around 3 am IST (early morning)
– Aani Uthiram Darisanam at around 12 pm Noon IST
On July 9th, after Therottam Lord Nataraja (Shiva), Goddess Sivakami will be brought to Raja Sabhai (Thousand Pillared Mandapam). Then Laksharchanai will be held.
On July 10th early morning Maha Abhishegam with Thiruneer, Milk, Curd, Honey, Panchamirtham, Sandal etc. Note: Abhishegam to Lord Nataraj will be performed only 6 times per year.
Aani Uthira Darisanam:
At around 10 am, Lord Natarajar will bless devotees with Thiruvabaranam (Sacred Jewels). Then Pancha Murthi Thiruveedhiula will take place. Special Deeparadhanai, Rahasya Pujai will be held to Lord Nataraja.
Then Lord Nataraja, Goddess Sivakami will bless devotees with Aani Uthira Darisanam and proceed to Kanaka Sabhai
‘Aani’ is the name of the Tamil month which is between June-July. ‘Thirumanjanam’ means ‘Abhishegam’. ‘Uthiram’ is the name of the Nakshatra
Next Year Aani Thirumanjanam:
In 2017, Aani Thirumanjanam is on 30 June, 2017 (Friday)