The day on which Saint Thyagaraja reached the lotus feet of his fondly Gods (Samadhi) is celebrated annually in the name Thyagaraja Aradhanai in Thiruvaiyyaru in Thanjavur, Tamil Nadu. Sri Thyagaraja was a great proponent of Carnatic Music who renounced everything some days before his death and became a Sanyasi (saint). In the year 1847 in Thiruvaiyyaru, he attained Samadhi.
After a few years, some of his last disciples returned to the spot in which he died and built a memorial for him. Afterwards, under the efforts of musical stalwarts, the festival has been celebrated for 3-4 days in the name Thyagaraja Aradhanai.
Carnatic musicians worldwide make it to this auspicious place to sing Sri Thyagaraja’s Pancharatna Kritis accompanied by several Mridangam, Violin and Veena instrumental artists in a Pandal. Watching them singing through T.V. gives me much pleasure and spiritual contentment.
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