Thiruvaiyyaru, a small town near Thanjavur in Tamil Nadu comes alive with a five-day musical offering to Sadguru Thyagaraja, one of the Carnatic music trinity. The town on the banks of River Cauvery, which is known as 'Dakshina Kailasam' to pilgrims houses a huge temple where Lord Siva is worshipped as Panchanadeeswara and his consort Dharma Samvardhini (Ayyarappar and Aram Valartha Nayaki in Thamizh).
Sadguru Thyagaraja attained mukthi on a Pushya-Bahula Panchami day in the year 1847. The annual rituals later became musical offerings in different phases. The present-day aradhana in Thiruvaiyyaru is solely attributed to Bangalore Nagaratnamma, a devotee of Thyagarja, who bequeathed all her wealth for constructing a temple on the samadhi of Thyagaraja and completed it in 1949. Since then, the annual aradhana has been a regular ritual at his samadhi.
Musicians from all over India and abroad attend the aradhana and offer their homage to the bard. The five-day aradhana culminates into a group singing of Thyagaraja's Pancharatna Kritis by leading musicians, in which anyone who can sing, join in.
This year the aradhana falls on Jan. 25, 2019 and the aradhana and group singing will be held from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.
The experience is unique and many music lovers flock to the festival only to soak in the atmosphere here.
The schedule of concerts for this year's aradhana is here >>> 172nd Thyagaraja Aradhana concerts
More about the aradhana can be had at http://thiruvaiyaruthyagarajaaradhana.org/