Grand Vinayaka Chaturthi celebration at Malliyoor temple immediately

A grand celebration shall be held on the Malliyoor Maha Ganapathy Temple within the Kottayam district of Kerala immediately to mark Vinayaka Chaturthi. Among the many main programmes to be held on the day are ‘gaja puja’ (providing of prayers to elephants), ‘anayoottu’ (feeding of elephants) and the ‘Maha Ganapathy homam’ ritual.

The festivities begin at 5.30 am with the Maha Ganapathy homam led by Malliyoor Parameswaran Namboodiri. The ritual shall be performed with 10,008 coconuts. Rendering of ‘pancharatna keerthanams’ is scheduled at 8 am and ‘darsanam’ of the ‘homam’ at 11 am. The Gaja puja is at 12 pm, during which 12 elephants will participate. It is going to be adopted by the ‘sree bali’ ritual.

Bhagavatha Hamsam memorial in north Indian temple style at Malliyoor soon

Bhagavatha Hamsam Malliyoor Sankaran Namboothiri. Picture: Manorama Archives

Gaja puja, anayoottu
Elephants are thought of to represent Ganapathy and are supplied prayers throughout the gaja puja ritual on Vinayaka Chaturthi day. Tuskers having sure noble options are chosen for the ritual and are additionally ceremoniously supplied meals throughout ‘anayoottu.’

Gaja puja at Malliyoor temple. Picture: Manorama Archives/ Vishnu Sanal

Different programmes
Subsequently, a ‘pancharimelam’ musical efficiency led by Peruvanam Kuttan Marar will happen and ‘kazhcha sree bali’ ritual at 5.30 pm. Later, a ‘pancharimelam’ efficiency shall be led by Mattannur Sankarankutty Marar. A ‘kudamattam’ (change of vibrant parasols) by Paramekkavu Temple can also be scheduled afterwards. The final ritual of the day is ‘pallivetta’ at 10 pm.

Uncommon ‘homam’
Malliyoor is among the many only a few temples which carry out the Maha Ganapathy homam ritual on Vinayaka Chaturthi day with 10,008 coconuts and associated objects. The ritual is taken into account to draw prosperity and wealth. In truth, it’s believed that the fumes created when coconuts, jaggery, ‘aval’ (pounded rice) and ‘malar’ (puffed rice), ghee and different objects are supplied to the hearth would purify the ambiance. This reality has even been acknowledged by trendy science. Different objects supplied to the hearth embody ‘karuka’ grass, ‘mukkootti’ and ‘chethi’ flowers and paddy.

‘Aarattu’ on Thursday
In the meantime, the ‘aarattu’ (ultimate day) of the temple pageant is on September 1 (Thursday). At 4.30 pm on that day, the pageant flag shall be lowered, adopted by the ‘aarattu’ ritual (immersion of the pageant idol). The ‘irakku puja’ ritual is scheduled at Malliyoor Illam at 5.30 pm. The reception of ‘aaratu’ procession will quickly happen, adopted by a ‘pandimelam’ efficiency by Kalamandalam Hareesh Marar.

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