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iXiGOers Dec 09 2012

What are the major festivals celebrated in Guruvayur?

Rupali Khanna DEC 10 2012
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The landscapes of Guruvayur are coloured in tradition and rituals. Therefore, it is quite obvious that this region must be steeped in at least some special festivals celebrated here. Excited to know more? Continue reading.

  • Guruvayur Ekadasi

    Ekadasi is the 11th day of every lunar fortnight. So to say, there are 24 ekadasis in a year. One particularly significant for devotee Hindus is the Vrishchika Ekadasi (Sukla paksha) when Udayasthamana Pooja (dawn to dusk pooja) is conducted in the famous Guruvayur Temple by the Dewaswom authorities. It is believed that on this day Lord Krishna preached the Bhagavad Gita to Arjuna in the battlefield.
    Elephants from the nearby
    Punnathur Kotta elephant sanctuary are brought here to participate. On this occasion, Karanavar or head of the elephant family is supposed to place a wreath at the statue of Kesavan (Lord Krishna) as other elephants too pay their homage in a unique style.
    The ritual is observed during the
    Malayalam month of Vrischikam (mid-November to mid-December). Moreover, a month prior to this festival, a ritual called Ekadasi Vilakku (lamp) is also organized, which is an offering made by families and organizations. The ritual culminates with the lighting of the lamp on the Dasami day (the day before Ekadasi) at the altar of Lord Vishnu.
    Ardent devotees visiting the temple during this festival generally like the idea of fasting called Ekadasi Vrat.
  • Guruvayur Utsavam

    This festival is celebrated in the Malayalam month of Kumbha (February to March) and organized by the Devasom Trusteeship. The first day of the festivities is marked by an elephant race called Anayottam. The elephant who wins is then given the privilege of carrying the sacred idol of Lord Vishnu for all the special occasions for one year.
    Such events and processions go on for the next 6 days. Many music and dance performances such as
    Chakkyar Koothu and Krishnanattom are organized in the Guruvayur Temple premises. On the 10th day is another special occasion called Guruvayur Arattu. Post pujas since 6 in the morning, the Lord’s idol is taken in a procession to Rudratheertha (holy water tank) for Arattu. After washing the idol in it, several devotees take a dip in the lake to wash off their sins. A number of devotees from all across India visit this town to take part in the festivities and feel spiritually purified.
  • Ashtami Rohini

    Ashtami Rohini falls under the Rohini Nakshatra, in the month of Chingam (July or August). On the occasion of Janmashtami, the day of Lord Krishna’s birth, during this festive season, devotes of flock to the Guruvayur Temple complex. The Dewaswom authorities offer a niramala full of garlands and vilakku to the sacred idol of Lord Krishna. Thereafter, devotees offer the favourite food items of Lord Krishna like maakhan, rice paste and jaggery.
    Since Lord Krishna is the most important deity here, worshippers from near and far come visiting this town during this festival to pay homage to the Lord.

So, now that much has been found out by the unique festive flavour of Guruvayur, wait no further to plan your trip accordingly and feel blessed.


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