Saturday, February 20, 2021

Kolavilli Ramar Temple, Tiruvelliyangudi – Festivals & Religious Practises

Kolavilli Ramar Temple, Tiruvelliyangudi – Festivals & Religious Practises

Worship Practises:

The temple practises Vaikasana Agama and Vadagalai 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: Kalasanthi at 8:00 a.m., Uchikalam at 12:00 p.m., Sayarakshai at 5:00 p.m., and Ardha Jamam at 7:30 p.m.

Each ritual has three steps: alangaram (decoration), neivethanam (food offering) and deepa aradanai (waving of lamps) for both Kolavilli Ramar and Maragathavalli Thayar. During the last step of worship, Nadaswaram (pipe instrument) and tavil (percussion instrument) are played, religious instructions in the Vedas (sacred text) are recited by priests.

Festivals:

Six daily rituals and three yearly festivals are held at the temple. Margazhi Thiruvadhirai (Dec – Jan), Masi Chaturdashi (Feb – Mar), Chithirai Thiruvonam (Apr – May), Aani Thirumanjanam (Jun – Jul), Avani Chaturdashi (Aug – Sep), Purattasi Chaturdashi (Oct – Nov), Rama Navami in Panguni (Mar – Apr), Gokulastami in Avani (Aug – Sep), Tirukarthikai (Nov – Dec) and Vaikunda Ekadasi in Margazhi (Dec – Jan) are the festivals celebrated in the temple. Vishnupathi Punniya Kalam, an auspicious time during the first days of Tamil months of Vaikasi, Avani, Karthigai and Masi is celebrated in the temple seeking divine auspices from Garuda.

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