Arudra Darisanam, a festival dedicated to Lord Nataraja
, is major event in the Shiva temples in Tamil Nadu
. This festival is observed during the full moon night in the Tamil month of Margazhi
This is a grand festival in which abhisheks are offered to Lord Nataraja and Sivakami, his consort. The rituals are held in the pre-dawn hours, when the moon is still shining brightly. Various ceremonies are held amid the holy chants in Sanskrit and Tamil. A grand procession is later taken through the streets.