Guruvayur Ulsavam ( FEB 17 TO FEB 26 ).
The hoisting of the temple flag atop the flagstaff (Dwajastambham) about 70 feet high heralds the festival. On the 1st day, an elephant race is held. On the next 6 days, there are elephant processions in the morning, afternoon and night. In the morning, there is the Sribhuta Bali (Offering of oblation at various altar). There are various cultural programs like dance, music, religious discusses are held at Melpathur Auditorium (outside the temple) on all these days. On the 8th day, ‘Utsavabali’ (from 10 am to 4 pm) or oblations are offered to the Lord’s lieutenants. A sumptuous feast then awaits the devotees. Pallivetta or the hunting expedition of the Lord takes place on the 9th day. This hunt is symbolic of the destruction of Kama (desire), Krodha (anger) and other such evils that plague us in our life. After that the Lord's Thidambu is takan to the Rudratheertha (temple pond) for Aarattu, amidst the chanting of mantras. Thousands of devotees also take the dip, chanting the Lord’s name to purge them of their sins. Then ucha Pooja (i.e, noon worship –this takes place at night only on this day) is held at the Bhagavati shrine. Finally, the Lord returns to the sanctum sanctorum after 11 circumambulations. The temple flag is then lowered signifying the end of the festival.
ATHIRUDRAM AT PERUMTHATTA TEMPLE ( FEB 1 TO 11 )
VEDIC CHANTING FROM 5 AM TO 8 AM AND KALASA ABHISHEKAM FROM 8.15AM TO 10.30 AM.
Significance of Athirudram
Sri Rudram consists of two parts: the Namakam and Chamakam,
The special combination of chanting the Namakam and the Chamakam produces the powerful prayer known as Sri Rudram. As with other Vedic chants, the power becomes highly energized and magnified with repetition.
Routine chanting of Sri Rudram is called “Roopam” and consists of chanting the Namakam once followed by chanting the Chamakam once.
With 121 Vedic priests chanting 1 Maha Rudram per day, in 11 days one AthiRudram will be completed..
The AthiRudra MahaYagna is the only Vedic ceremony that goes beyond ten days to eleven, and is performed for the benefit of all beings throughout the cosmos.
SPECIAL DAYS IN THE MONTH OF FEBRUARY:
09/02/19: UTSAVAM KALASAM ARAMBHAM
15/02/19: Thathwa kalasam
16/02/19: Sahasra kalasam
17/02/19: ulsavam aarambahm, aanayottam, kodiyettam
20/02/19: Kumbhathil makam shradham