Maha Shivarathiri Festival
The day before the Amavasya (new moon) of each lunar month is called Shivarathri. The observance of the Vratha also secures the devotee’s immunity from the effects of sin.
Panguni Vasuki Utsav
It falls in the month of Panguni (also known as Phalguni) when Nakshatram (Star) Uthiram or Uttara Phalguni prevails. Devotees also believe that Goddess Parvati in the form of Gowri married Lord Shiva in Kanchipuram and because of this belief this day is also Gowri Kalyanam day.
Kaarthigai Deepam is a festival of lights, celebrated in the Tamil month of Kaarthigai. It occurs on the full moon day of the Kaarthigai month which coincides with Krithikai star. Also, in some houses, they double the number of lamps every day from the day of Deepavali and this way, they end up with a number of lamps on the day of Kaarthigai Deepam.
Navratri, literally interpreted as ‘nine nights’ is the most celebrated Hindu festival devoted to Goddess Durga symbolizing purity as well as power or ‘shakti’. Navratri in India follows the lunar calendar and occurs in March/April as Chaitra Navratri and in September/October as Sharad Navratri. Also, there is worship of Goddess Durga for the first three days of Navratri and of Goddess Laxmi for the next three days.
The full moon day in the Tamil month Aippasi / Kartik Pournami is an auspicious day to perform Annabhishekam to Lord Shiva. In most of the Shiva temples Mahakala Puja, Abhishekam, and Maha Mangala Harathi take place for the Lord.