Saturday, April 1, 2017

Varadharaja Perumal Temple, Veeraraghavapuram – Festivals

Varadharaja Perumal Temple, Veeraraghavapuram – Festivals
10 day Chithirai festival in April-May, annual abishek festival in Vaikasi (May-June), Aadi Utsavam in July-August, Onam, Krishna Jayanthi, Navarathri, Oonjal in Aipasi (October-November), Karthikai Deepam in November-December, Fridays in Thai (January-February) and Ramanavami are the festivals celebrated in the temple. Regular pujas (Visvarupam, Kalasanthi, Uchikalam, Sayarakshai and Thiruvisagam) are performed daily. Every day the moolavar get bathed from the holy Tamirabarani water.
Brahmmotsavam is celebrated for 10 days during the Tamil of Chittirai (Mid of April to Mid of May) ending on Thiruvona Nakshatram for Chakrasnanam. On 5th day 5 Garuda Sevai festivals takes place with four other deities on their Garudavahanam from the neighboring temples (Sri Srinivasa Perumal, Sri Kariayamanika Perumal, Lakshmi Narasimha Perumal and Sri Rajagopala Perumal). Car festival is celebrated on the 9th day.
A new car (Ratham) was built and it has been offered to Lord Varadharaja Swamy by Sri Lakshmi Vallabha trust with the help of public at May 2015 Chitra Brahmmotsavam. The car (Ratham) is 32 feet height and 13 feet breadth with nearly 350 teak wood carvings and has 52 chiming bells in it. A shed is under construction to secure the Ratham.
Athyayana Utsavam is celebrated for 21 days. Utsavar is adorned in different Thirukolams (Decorations). Nalayira Divya Prabhandham is chanted on all these 21 days and on the 21st day is the Vaikunda Ekadesi festival is completed by performing Veedupadi veedu. On the day of Vaikunda Ekadesi the Utsavar is adorned in sayanakolam. That evening Sorgavasal festival is celebrated.
Hanuman Jayanthi festival is celebrated for 10days during Margazhi ending on Moola Nakshatram (Amavasya) with Pushpanjali. 7 days of Thailiakappu Utsavam for Thayar in Margazhi, 7 days of Pavitrotsavam in the month of Aavani, All Saturdays of the Tamil month Puratasi are celebrated with Garudaseva. Navarathri also celebrated in the same month. Five days of Oonjal Utsavam starts with Deepavali. In Karthigai month "Chokkapanai" festival celebrated on the full moon day. Alwar thirunakhsatrams and related Utsavam are celebrated regularly every year.

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