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Azhi Ther – Thiruvarur Azhi Ther Information

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Azhi Ther is the primary chariot (greatest in Asia) pulled through the annual
Panguni temple competition at Thiruvarur Thyagaraja Swamy temple. 1000’s of
devotees arrive for the Panguni competition specifically to have a glimpse of Bhagavan
Thyagaraja Swamy and His Consort mounted on the temple automotive. Azhi Ther 2023 date
is . There is no such thing as a fastened date for the Azhi ther it’s often held within the month
of March or April. The annual date is determined by the temple committee.

Thiruvarur Azhi Ther Information

  • Aazhi Ther is the largest temple chariot in Asia. 
  • The 30-ft
    tall temple automotive rises to 96 ft, after ornament is accomplished with bamboo poles
    and colourful material, the kalasam alone accounting for six ft.
  • The burden of the chariot is almost 350 tonnes.
  • The ropes used to tug the chariot are 500-meter lengthy and
    one foot in diameter.
  • It took almost 4 years to make the current temple automotive
    (‘Aazhi Ther’) with the unique grandeur and it was first pulled on March 2,
    1930, in line with inscriptions within the temple.
  • The Aazhi Ther procession goes round 4 foremost Mada veedhis
    (streets) round Thiruvarur temple with devotees chanting Arooraa, Thyagesa
    apart from reciting the Thevaram hymns and the rendition of the Vedas by students.
  • Representatives of Dharmapuram, Thiruvavaduthurai,
    Thiruppanandal and Vilankurichi Adheenams participate within the ritual.
  • Aazhi Ther ritual is talked about within the historic Tamil epic
    Silappadikaram and likewise within the Thevaram hymns by the Saivite saints Appar,
    Sundarar, Manickavasagar and Thirugnanasambandar.
  • References to ‘Aazhi ‘Ther’ competition in Tiruvarur are discovered
    within the Modi (Marathi language) scripts of the Thanjavur Mahratta Ruler Shahaji
    (1684-1712 AD) on the well-known Saraswathi Mahal Library in Thanjavur.
  • Documentary evidences can be found within the library for the Tiruvarur
    ther competition occurring constantly since 1748 AD until the center of twentieth

The unique lovely historic temple automotive (larger than the
current Aazhi Thr’) was utterly destroyed in a hearth accident in 1926. A
burst of crackers when the ther was passing the nook of the well-known
Kamalalayam temple tank resulted within the fireplace accident.

In 1970, the then Tamil Nadu Authorities and industrialist
Tiruvarur V.S. Thyagaraja Mudaliar took efforts and hydraulic wheels made by
BHEL have been offered.


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