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Arulmigu Oppiliappan Temple - Festivals


Prarthana Festivals

      On the specific requests of the devotees, in fulfilment of their vow, Kalyana utsavam, Garuda Sevai, Golden chariot, Brahmotsavam, Dolotsavam, Nityaaradhana, mirror-room seva,and Darbar seva are performed at the appropriate timings. Besides, Ttirrumanjanam (holy bathing) of the Moolavar deity, Utsavar deity, Rama etc., is also done on requestsfropm devotees. The relevant fees and timings for these various prathana festivals are given at page 5 in this book. Further details can be had from the authorities of the temple.

Sri Ramanavami

      Sri Ramanavami is celebrated for 10 days on a grand scale at this temple, with music and dance performance. ON the concluding day, kanakabhishekam and Rama Pattabhishekam are conducted on a grand and majestic scale, attended by thousands of devotees.

INFORMATION ABOUT THE UTSAVAS :

1. Vaikasi (May-June)

      Vasanta Utsavam or the spring festival for 6 days at the Nandavanam (garden), culminating on sravanam day.

2.Avani (Aug - Sep)

      Pavitrotsavam (Purifying festival) for 5 days, ending on Sravanam day, when there is early morning garuda save of the Lord.

3. Purattasi (Sept - Oct)

      Brahmotsavam for 9 days. Little Chariot (Goratham) on the last day. Sravanam.

4.Aippasi(Oct-Nov)

      Kalyana Utsavam for 12 days commencing from Sravanam, when the holy marriage of god and goddess is celebrated.

5. Margazhi (Dec-Jan)

      Adhyayana Utsavam. Day Utsavam for 10 days. Night Utsavam for 10 days. Plus 2 days. Total 22 day festival.

6.Thai(Jan - Feb)

      Float festival for 5 days culminating on Sravanam.

7.Panguni (March-April)

      Brahmotsavam for 9 days with Big chariot festival on the 9th-Day Sravanam.
      Lord Narayana readily granted the boons.The lord appeared in this place in Panguni sravanam and married Bhoomi Devi in Aippasi Sravanam and every year, these are celebrated as grand festivals.

SRAVANA DEEPAM AND SRAVANA VRATAM:

      Every month, Sravanam day is celebrated in a grand manner in this temple, when thousands of devotees congregate and worship the Lord. The Sravana Deepam function, Which is held at about 11 a.m. on that day is a big event that atracts pilgrims from all over the country and abroad. Taking only saltless food on that day is regarded as Sravana Vratam.

      Nammazhvar exclaims in his verse, singing the glory of this Lord, that he has no equal and so, the deity here is called "Oppiliappan".

      The Pushkarini (Temple Tank) here is known as "Ahoratra Pushkarini", meaning that bathing is specially permissible here, both during day and night. The vimana, meaning " pure happiness ".

      The Lord here graciously grants all desires of His devotees, like long life, sound health, abundant wealth, successful marriage and pleasing progeny. As a token of their abundant gratitude to the beneolent Lord, the devotees offer several things in cash or kind and conduct various prarthana festivals.