Sunday, March 18, 2018

Jagannatha Perumal Temple, Thirumazhisai – Worship Practices & Festivals

Jagannatha Perumal Temple, Thirumazhisai – Worship Practices & Festivals
The temple follows Thenkalai tradition of worship based on Vaikasana Agamic tradition. The temple priests perform the pooja (rituals) during festivals and on a daily basis. As at other Vishnu temples of Tamil Nadu, the priests belong to the Vaishnavite community, a Brahmin sub-caste. The temple rituals are performed four times a day: Ushathkalam at 8 a.m., Kalasanthi at 10:00 a.m., Sayarakshai at 5:00 p.m. and Ardha Jamam at 8:00 p.m. Each ritual has three steps: alangaram(decoration), neivethanam (food offering) and deepa aradanai (waving of lamps) for both Jagannatha Perumal and his consort Thirumangaivalli. There are weekly, monthly and fortnightly rituals performed in the temple.
Various festivals are celebrated in the temple, with the Aani Brahmotsavam (during June - July), Aipasi Manavala Mamuni festival during October – November, Azhwar festival on Thai Magam star day in January-February and Maasi float festival during February - March being the most prominent. During Aani Brahmotsavam, the temple car housing the festival deities of Jagannatha Perumal and Thirumangaivalli is drawn around the streets of Tirumazhisai. During the float festival in February–March, the presiding deities are drawn in a float in the temple tank. The temple is maintained and administered by the Hindu Religious and Endowment Board of the Government of Tamil Nadu.

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