Udupi, Oct 10, 2018: Preparations are finalised for Maha Navaratri festival at the famous Sri Mookambika Temple at Kollur in Udupi district from October 10 to 19.
The temple, established by the exponent of Advaita philosophy, Sri Adi Sankaracharya, attracts a large number of devotees from the State, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Puducherry and Andhra Pradesh.
The festival begins with kalasha sthapane ritual today October 10, Wednesday. The Chandika Yaga will be performed on the Mahanavami at 11.30 a.m. and the Rathotsava at 1 p.m. on October 18.
The Vidyarambha ceremony, which marks the initiation of children into education, will be held on the Vijayadasami day on October 19. This ceremony will be held at the Saraswati Mandir in the temple from 4 a.m.
The Vijayotsava will be held at 5.30 p.m. the same evening. During the Vijayotasva, the utsavamurthy of Goddess Mookambika will be carried to the Shukla Tirtha, a kilometre from Kollur, and brought back. The goddess is decorated in a different style on each day of the nine days of the festival.
Harishkumar M. Shetty, president, Temple Managing Committee, said that breakfast will be provided to devotees till October 19, while meals will be provided at noon and night. Cultural programmes will be held daily from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Swarnamukhi Mantap.
“We have already spoken to the Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) to run special buses from Byndoor and Kundapur to the temple during the festival,” he said.
According to Krishnamurthy H., Assistant Executive Officer of the temple, helpdesk has been set up at the temple gates.