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|Nithyothsavam â Every day ritual
Nithyotsava ritual is performed everyday at Devi Mookambika temple. Janmastami announces the birth of Lord Krishna. From then on till Navrathri every year, various rituals are followed at the ancient Mandapam. Sri Mookambikai is taken on the palanquin around the temple and thereafter ashtavadhana seva is conducted at Saraswathi mandapam that which is located inside the temple.
Varothsavam - Weekly ritual
Every Friday, at around six p.m. between Janmashtami and Navrathri, varothsavam celebrations are held. Before the Pradoshakala pooja the Devi Mookambikaâs idol is carried to the olaga mandapam in the north. Here the ashtavadhana seva is offered to the goddess Mookambika.
Pakshotsavam â Fortnightly ritual
This fortnightly ritual involves carrying the deity on all new moon days and full moon days. After the night bali pooja the Deviâs idol is carried to the Saraswathi Mandapam located on the west. This street procession is rigorously followed and there after the idol goes back and the Kashaya Thirtha is given to the devotees.
Varshika Utsavam â Annual Car Festival
Festival Starts on a specified pre announced day in March every year, the annual ritual is observed at this glorious temple and it is celebrated for ten full days. On the specified day in March - Moola Nakshatra day the Brahma Rathothsava is undertaken for Kollur Devi.
Kollur Mookambika temple celebrations
On the first day the flag is hoisted soon after the Punya kala rites.
The second day at about five in the evening the Kollur goddess is taken around the village known as Grama pradhakshina in Kannada. Followed with night bali and after the ashtavadhana seva the procession is taken to the Saraswathi mandapam on the peocock chariot.
The third day program is the taking Devi to the Saraswathi mandapam in the north known as Katte utsava at 5pm, night 9pm: ritual Dolarohanotsava, then pooja is performed for Mookambika and taken to the west side of the Saraswathi mandapam and ashtavadhana seva is performed.
Fourth day celebrations commences with the Katte pooja held at Sri GopalaKrishna temple. There after the night ritual follows with the Sri Mookambika being taken on the chariot Pushparatham to the Saraswathi mandapam on the west side and the ashtavadhana pooja is performed.
The fifth day ritual, Sri Mookambika is taken on the Rishaba Vahana to the Saraswathi mandapam in the west and Ashtavadhana seva is offered for devotees. In the day the goddess is taken in procession to the Gopalakrishna temple.
On the sixth day the procession to Patelara Katte at Balegadde begins at the day and the night ritual begins with the Kollur Devi being carried on the Gaja vahana to the Saraswathi mandapam in the west.
The seventh day program starts with the taking Kollur Mookambika Devi to the Saraswathi mandapam on the west side after the Pradosha pooja and glorious Rangapooja is performed. The night Bali follows where the Mookambika is taken on the Simma Vahana again to the Saraswathi Mandapam in the west for pooja and Ashtavadhana seva.
On the eight day - 10:30 am : Kshiprabail & Rathsbali,Brahma Ratha Arohanam is performed at 11.40 in the morning. The evening procession starts with the Brahma Ratham taken to the Saraswathi Mandapam at around 5 o clock in the evening in the west side.
Choornothsavam, okuli, Avabhrutha Snanam at the Sauparnika are all part of the ninth day celebrations. The roving ceremony known as Theppothsavam and Miruga bette happens at night and then followed by pooja for Kollur Mookambika seated on the horse back and this function starts at around night 7 pm.
The tenth day celebrations start with Poornahuthi conducted at the north eastern side Yagashala and followed by the lowering of the flag known as Dwajavarohana,Poornakumbhabhisheka& Ankura Prasada Distribution.
Navarathri Festival every year
Navarathri Festival in Kollur Mookambika Temple is celebrated from a pre-announced day in October to 11th day in October 2016.
Navarathri festival at Kollur Mookambika Temple is considered to be the most auspicious time to offer prayers to goddess Shakthi and its other forms. Millions of pilgrims visit the temple on these nine days. In South India, it is a belief that Vijayadashami is an auspicious day for small children to start their education called Vidya Arambam, hence pilgrims throng the temple from 4 am onwards for aksharabhishekam.
Navarathri begins with Mahalaya Amavasya and this falls in the October month and it coincides with the lunar calendar.
The first day ritual or celebration starts with the Punyaha Kriya, Ghata Sthapana also known as Navakshari Kalasha, followed by Kalpoktha Pooja and Suvasini Pooja.
5th day in October
On the fifth day the Lalitha Vrutha commences. Days other than the above Kalpoktha pooja, Suvasini pooja and Ranga pooja are conducted.
8th day in October
The eight day is said to be the Durgashtami. Mahanavami falls on the ninth day and it is considered to be the most important day among all other days of the Navarathri.On this day Maha Chandika Yaga and pushparathothsavam are performed. During the procession of the Kollur Devi coins are thrown from the Pushparatham and those devotees who happen to get these coins are said to have the divine blessings of Sri Mookambika.
After this ceremony Udbhava lingam or Abhisheka is showered with Navakshari Kalasha. Kadiru habba, Navanna Prashana or meals made of new rice harvested, Vijayothsava and Vidyaramba are coducted on this Vijayadasami day along with the procession to Shukla thirtha.On 11th day in October Vijaya dasami day Vidyarambam starts at 4âO clock in the morning.
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