During the Tamil month of Panguni, the traditional Brahmotsavam takes place when the entire neighborhood comes alive with a Mela-like atmosphere. Since this month corresponds to the mid-March to mid-April duration, the Kapaleeshwarar temple celebrates the nine-day-long as Panguni Peruvizha.
The festival starts with Dwajarohanam (flag hoisting), includes the Therotsavam, Arupathimoovar festival, and concludes with the Tirukkalyanam. In Brahmotsavam, the idols of Kapaleeshwarar and Karpagambal are decorated with clothes and jewels, are mounted on a vahana, and then taken around the temple and its water tank in a Pradakshinam. This is repeated with different Vahanas over the next nine days.
The more important of the individual pradakshinams are the Athigara Nandhi on the third day, the Rishaba Vahanam on the midnight of the fifth day, the other on the seventh morning, and the Arupathimoovar festival on the eighth day.
The Arupathimoovar festival is the most important procession. It is named after the sixty-three Nayanmars who have attained salvation by their love & devotion to the all-compassionate Lord Shiva. All sixty-three Nayanmar idols follow the Kapaleeshwarar idol on this procession.
During the car festival, Kapaleeshwarar is depicted holding a bow while seated on a throne, with his wife Karpagambal alongside. Brahma is depicted riding the Ther. The chariot is decorated with flowers and statues, and there are huge gatherings of devotees to pull the Ther.
Mylapore Panguni Festival 2023 Schedule
Mylapore Sri Kapaleeshwarar Temple Panguni Festival will be held from 27th March to 5th April, 2023.
26 March, 2023 - Sunday
- Grama Devatha Sri Kolavizhi Amman Vazhipadu
- Mrithsangrihanam, Angurarpanam - Sri Narthana Vinayagar Velli Mooshika Vahanam
27 March 2023 - Monday
- Morning - Kodiyetram (Flag Hoisting)
- Night 10 pm - Ambal Mayil Vadivil Siva Pujai Kaatchi
28 March 2023 - Tuesday
Morning - Suriya Vattam Night
- Chandira Vattam
29 March 2023 - Wednesday
Morning - around 6 am - Adhikara Nandi
Night - 9 pm - Bhootan, Bhutaki Vahanam
30 March 2023 - Thursday
Morning - Purushamirugam, Singam Vahanam
Night - 9 pm - Nagam, Kamadhenu Vahanam
31 March 2023 - Friday
Morning - Sowdal Vimanam
Night - at around 10.30 pm - Vellividai Vahanam (Silver Rishaba Vahanam)
1 April 2023 - Saturday
Morning - Pallakku Vizha
Night - Yaanai Vahanam
2 April 2023 - Sunday
Morning - Therottam
Evening - Therilirinthu Thirukovil Ezhuntharural
3 April 2023 - Monday
Afternoon around 3.30 pm - Arupathu Moovar Thiruvizha
Night - Sri Chandrasekarar Paar Vettai Vizha
4 April 2023 - Tuesday
Morning - Pancha Moorthi Vizha
Evening - Pikshadanar (Iraivan Iravalar Kolam)
5 April 2023 - Wednesday
Morning - Thirukootha Peruman (Shri Natarajar) Thirukatchi
Night - at around 7.30 pm - Thirukalyanam
Kodiirakkam, Chandikeshvarar Thiruvizha
6 April 2023 - Thursday
Morning - Uma Maheshwarar Darisanam
Evening - Pandam Parivizha
Vidayatri Vizha will be held for 10 days from 7th April (Friday) to 16th April 2023 (Sunday)