Daily Poojas and Special Rituals in Kerala Temples

Daily Rituals in a Maha Kshetra
  • Nada Thurakkal (opening of temple sreekovil)
  • Palliyunarthal
  • Nirmalya Darsanam
  • Vakacharthu, Abhishekam
  • Malar Nivedyam
  • Ganapathy Homam
  • Prasanna Pooja
  • Usha Pooja
  • Ethrutha Pooja
  • Ethrutha Sheeveli
  • Pantheerady Pooja
  • Dhara, Navakam, Panchagavyam
  • Ucha Pooja
  • Ucha Sheeveli
  • Nada Adakkal (closing of temple sreekovil)
  • Nada Thurakkal in the evening
  • Deeparadhana
  • Bhagavathy Seva
  • Athazha Pooja
  • Athazha Sheeveli
  • Truppuka
  • Nada Adakkal

Rituals associated with Utsavam
  • Shuddhi Kalasam (Bimba Shuddhi, Praasaada Shuddhi)
  • Ankuraaropanam (Mulayidal)
  • Kodiyettu, Dikku Kodi
  • Sreebhoothabali
  • Utsavabali
  • Kazcha Sreebali
  • Pallivetta
  • Valiya Kanikka
  • Arattu
  • Parayeduppu
  • Kodi Irakkal

Rituals associated with Sahasra Kalasam ( 8 Days)
  • First day: Aacharyavaranam, Ankuraaropanam (Mulayidal)

  • Second day: Shuddhi - Praasaada Shuddhy, Asthra kalasa pooja, Vasthu homam, Vasthu kalasa pooja, Rakshoghna homam, Vasthu bali, Vasthu kalasa abhishekam.

  • Third day: Bimba shuddhi, Chathushuddhi, Dhara , Panchagavyam - Panchakam kalasa poojas, Mahakumbha kalasam, Mahakumbha kalasaadhivaasam.

  • Fourth day: Mahakumbha kalasa abhishekam, Prayaschitha Homam, Prayaschitha Homa kalasa abhishekam

  • Fifth day: Santhi homam, Adbhutha Santhi homam, Homa kalasa abhishekam.

  • Sixth day: Nayasanthi homam, Chora santhi homam, Homa kalasa abhishekam.

  • Seventh day: Tathva homam, Tathva kalasa pooja, Tathva kalasa abhishekam, Sahasra kalasa pooja, Kalsa pooranam, Kalasaadhivaasam.

  • Eighth day: Sahasra Kalasa abhishekam, Brahma Kalasa abhishekam., Ucha pooja


Rituals associated with Vigraha Prathishta and Puna Prathishta ( 11 Days)
  • First day: Aacharyavaranam, Ankuraaropanam (Mulayidal), Ganapathy pooja, Praasaada Shuddhy, Rakshaa kalasam, Praasaada pooja, Rakshoghna homam, Vasthu homam, Vasthu kalasa pooja, Rakshoghna homam, Vasthu bali, Vasthu kalasa abhishekam, Vasthu kalasa punyaaham.

  • Second day: Mula pooja, Bimba shuddhi kalasa pooja, Bimba shuddhi kalasa abhishekam, Proktha homam, Naveena prayaschitha homam, Proktha kalasa abhishekam, Naveekarana kalasa abhishekam, Mura japam, ucha pooja, Sthala shuddhi, Mula pooja, Athazha pooja

  • Third day: Mula pooja, Prayaschitha homam, Prayaschitha kalasam, Saamaanya Santhi homam, Adbhutha Santhi homam, Homa kalasa abhishekam, Mura japam, ucha pooja, Sthala shuddhi, Mula pooja, Athazha pooja

  • Fourth day: Mula pooja, Nayasanthi homam, Chora santhi homam, Homa kalasa abhishekam, Mura japam, ucha pooja, Sthala shuddhi, Mula pooja, Athazha pooja

  • Fifth day: Tathva homam, Tathva kalasa pooja, Dravya kalasam, Brahma kalasa pooja of Anunja kalasam, Marappany, Tathva kalasa abhishekam, Ucha pooja , Parikalasa pooja, Mura japam, ucha pooja, Sthala shuddhi, Mula pooja, Adhivaasa homam, Adhivaasa kalasam, Adhivaasa pooja, Athazha pooja

  • Sixth day: Mula pooja, Adhivaasathinkal usha pooja, Marappany, Parikalasa abhishekam, Brahma kalasa abhishekam, Anunjaa praarthana, Mura japam, ucha pooja, Mulayidal for Naalaam kalasam, Sthala shuddhi, Mula pooja, Athazha pooja

  • Seventh day: Mula pooja, Shayyaa pooja, Samhaara thathwa homam, Samhaara thathwa kalasam, Kumbhesa pooja, Karkkari kalasa pooja, Jala droni pooja, Kumbhesa kalasa pooja, Vidwesa kalasa pooja, Mula Shayyaa ezhunnaallathu, Marappany, Thathwa kalasa abhishekam, Dhyaana samkocham, Jeeva kalasa pooja, Jeevodhwaasanam, Jeeva kalasa ezhunnallathu to Shayya, Bimba shuddhy kalasa pooja, Bimba shuddhy kalasa abhishekam, Punyaaha pooja, Upahaara daanam, Bimbam ezhunnallathu to Sreekovil, Peeda prathishta, Peedhaadhivaasam, Napumsaka shilaa sthaapanam, Bimbhaadhivaasam, Nidraa kalasa pooja, Shirasthathwa homam, Mandala pooja, Ashtamangala sthaapanam, Dhyyaanaadhivaasam, Adhivaasa homam, Prathishtaa homam, Nava sakthi homam, Khrudhaadhi paathra sthaapanam, Ashtabandham shayyayil vekkal, Adhivaasa pooja.

  • Eighth day: Mula pooja, Adhivaasathinkal usha pooja, Marappany, Vidwesa kalasa abhishekam, Praasaada shoddhy, Muhoortha praayaschitham, Vigraha Prathishta, Upadeva prathishta, Ashtabandha Sthaapanam, Nivedyam, Kumbhesa kalasam, Nidraa kalasam, Vysya homam, Prathishtaa bali, Prasanna pooja, Prathishtaa Dakshina, Deepa sthaapanam, Nada adakkal, Mula pooja, Nadakkal pooja

  • Ninenth day: Nadakkal pooja, Sthala shuddhi, Mula pooja

  • Tenth day: Mula pooja, Brahma kalasa pooja for naalaam kalasam (217 kalasam), Kumbhesa Karkkari pooja, Tathva homam, Tathva kalasa pooja, Enna kalasam, Mula ezhunnallippu to Kalasam, Parikalasa pooja, Valiya balikkallu adhivaasam, Adhivaasa homam, Adhivaasa pooja, Nadakkal pooja

  • Eleventh day: Nada thurakkal, Enna kalsa abhishekam, Valiya balikkal Sthaapanam, Marappany, Tathva kalasa abhishekam, Parikalasa abhishekam, Brahma kalasa ezhunnallathu, Karkkari-Kumbhesa-Brahma kalasa abhishekam, Avasraava poshanam, Sthoopika kalasam, Kodimara kalasam, Sreebhootha bali, Aachaarya dakshina, Aasu kottal.


Rituals associated with Ashtabanda Kalasam and Naveekarana Kalasam ( 6 Days)
  • First day: Aacharyavaranam, Ankuraaropanam (Mulayidal), Ganapathy pooja, Praasaada Shuddhy, Rakshaa kalasam, Praasaada pooja, Rakshoghna homam, Vasthu homam, Vasthu kalasa pooja, Rakshoghna homam, Vasthu bali, Vasthu kalasa abhishekam, Vasthu kalasa punyaaham.

  • Second day: Mula pooja, Chathushuddhi, Dhara , Panchagavyam - Panchakam kalasa poojas, Proktha homam, Proktha kalasa abhishekam, Sthala shuddhi, Mula pooja, Athazha pooja

  • Third day: Mula pooja, Prayaschitha homam, Prayaschitha kalasam, ucha pooja, Sthala shuddhi, Mula pooja, Athazha pooja

  • Fourth day: Mula pooja, Nayasanthi homam, Chora santhi homam, Homa kalasa abhishekam, ucha pooja, Sthala shuddhi, Mula pooja, Athazha pooja

  • Fifth day: Tathva homam, Tathva kalasa pooja, Marappany, Tathva kalasa abhishekam, Mandapa samskaram, Ucha pooja , Kumbhesa kalasa pooja, Adhivaasa homam, Brahma kalasa pooja, Parikalasa pooja, Adhivaasa kalasam, Adhivaasa pooja, Athazha pooja

  • Sixth day: Parikalasa abhishekam, Ashtabandha sthapanam, Kumbhesa kalasa abhishekam, Brahma kalasa abhishekam, ucha pooja, Avasrutha poshanam, Sreebhootha bali.

Rituals associated with Dwaja Prathishta
  • Daru Parigraham
  • Dwaja Nirmanam
  • Naveekarana kalasam
  • Bhootha Samharam
  • Jaladhivaasam of Vahanam
  • Vahana Shuddhi
  • Shayya pooja
  • Dwaja kalasa pooja
  • Dhyaanaadhivaasam
  • Vahana Chaithanya Aavaahanam
  • Vahana Prathishta
  • Dwaja Kalasam
  • Dwajaabhishekam
  • Dwaja Pooja
  • Ashta Dikpaalaka Prathishta
  • Brahma kalasa abhishekam
  • Tanthri Dakshina

Rituals associated with construction of a new temple
  • Bhoomi Pooja
  • Shadaadhara Prathishta
  • Vigraha Prathishta
  • Thazhikakkuda Prathishta
  • Parivaara Prathishta

Rituals associated with Laksharchana, Kodi Archana and Kalabhabhishekam
  • Kalasa pooja, Kalabham nirakkal
  • Recital of Deity's names 100000 or 10000000 times
  • Kshetra Pradakshinam
  • Brahma Kalasa abhishekam

Other Special Rituals
  • Dravya Kalasam
  • Ashta Mangalya Deva Prasnam
  • Niraputhari
  • Udayasthamana Pooja
  • Ganapathy Homam
  • Bhagavathy Seva
  • Mruthyunjaya Homam
  • Punyaham
  • Sukrutha Homam
  • Sudarsana Homam
  • Guruthy
  • Aayilyam Pooja , Noorum Palum
  • Kavady, Kumbhakudam
  • Thookkam
  • Padayani
  • Pana
  • Vela
  • Pallippana
  • Thira


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