DETAILS OF SPECIAL DAYS IN GURUVAYOOR TEMPLE

Date Day Function
Jan 01 4
 

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Date Day Function
Apr 28 Friday Akshayathritheeya-Balarama Jayanthi
 

The third day of the Vaishakha month - Akshaya-thrithiya - birth day of Balarama, is the most auspicious

Date Day Function
Apr 27 Thursday Vaishakha Arambham
 

The Vaishakha is the lunar month starting from new moon of Medam (April-May). The Vaishakha Vratham (Fast) is auspicious and sacred to Vishnu. The Vratham can be followed in the routine of morning ablutions, feeding the poor, keeping fast, taking prasadams from the offerings to the Lord and participating in the divine discourses. Palpayasam is the main offering and feast is also arranged during the entire Vaishakha month.

Date Day Function
Apr 14 Friday Vishu Namaskaram, Vishu Kani
 

The first day of the Malayalam month “Medam” ( mid-April) is the new year day for Malayalees. People believe that the fortunes for the next year depend on the nature of the objects one sees in the morning of Vishu. For this purpose, Kani (an omen) with articles like yellow flowers known as “Kanikonna”, rice, betel nuts, golden coins etc. are displayed in front of the deity. Thousands prefer to see Kani at Guruvayur on Vishu morning. Crowds stay overnight inside the courtyard of temple, which is specially permitted on this day. They close their eyes and set their eyes on the Kani and deity, as the doors are opened at 2.30 am for darshan.

Date Day Function
Mar 15 Wednesday Ulsavam 8th Day Ulsavabali
 

One of the rituaIs of the Ulsavam performed inside the Temple

Date Day Function
Mar 08 Wednesday Ulsavarambam (Anayottam/Kodiyettam
 

Guruvayur Utsavam lasts for ten days beginning on the day of Pushya (the 8th asterism) in the month of Kumbham ( February-March) and the celebrations are spread over a period of 10 days. The festival starts with the hoisting of the temple flag on the dwajasthamba. A special event during the ulsavam is the elephant race. Religiously, it is the restoration of divine Chaithanya. Brahmakalasam is preceded by the Utsavam. It is aimed at the purification and energisation of the powers of the deity. It is the last of the long series of rituals of kalasam. At the end, the flag will be hoisted heralding the Utsavam. Culturally, it consists of various processions/programmes and illumination. All ten days, the place wears a festive look, streets dressed up with arches, festoons etc. Two Gopurams and the outer-courtyard are elaborately decorated with illuminations and eye-catching electric displays. The lamps, deepasthambams and vilakku are all lightened.

Date Day Function
November 16 Sunday Krishnageethi Dinam
 

Thulam 30th is celebrated as Krishnageethi day since the year 1160 (1984). It was on the 30th of Thulam that Manavedan Namboothiripad dedicated his Sanskrit composition entitled Krishnageethi to Guruvayurappan. The performing art Krishnanattom is based on this composition.

Date Day Function
November 17 Monday Mandala Kalarambam (Pancha Gavyam)
 
Mandala pooja begins on the first day of the Malayalam month of Vrishchikam. This is a period of 41 days for the pilgrimage to the shrine of Lord Ayyappa at Sabarimala. Most of the devotees who go to Sabarimala also visit Guruvayur. At Guruvayur, there will be special abhishekam with panchagavya (mixture of five products of cow - milk, curd, ghee, urine and cow dung) on all days. Many devotees visit the shrine to partake of it, since it is believed to burn up all inner impurities. Mandalam comes to end with Kalabhaattam (pouring mixture of sandal paste, saffron, camphor and rose water) on the deity. This special offering is made only once in a year and it is the hereditary privilege of the Zamorin Rajas. Besides, the three seevelis during mandalam will be conducted with three elephants and they take five rounds around the temple. The famous Guruvayur Ekadasi festival, Melpathur statue installation day, Narayaneeyam day and Kuchela day also occur during Mandalam, thus making it the busiest season at Guruvayur. During this season, special arrangements are made for 'kettunira' and 'malayidal' in front of the Sastha shrine inside the temple.
Date Day Function
November 24

Monday

Melpathur Prathima Sthapana Dinam
 
The abode of Melpathur is situated near the Chandanakkavu Bhagavathi temple, three kms away from Thirunavaya Vishnu temple in Malappuram district. A life size statue of Narayana Bhattathiripad, the writer of Sreemannarayaneeyam was erected in the Mandapam built in this place owned by Guruvayur Devaswom. Narayaneeyam day is celebrated in the memorial on the 8th of Vrischikam every year just as it is celebrated in Guruvayur temple on 28th of Vrischikam. It is the day when the great poet Narayana Bhattathiripad dedicated his magnum opus Sreemannarayaneeyam to Guruvayurappan in the year 762.The day is celebrated with competitions for students and cultural programmes.