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Festivals celebrated

Festivals among Hindus have a rich heritage. Each of the festivals celebrated throughout the year has a distinct worth of its own and is celebrated to commemorate the events of pivotal religious significance. All festivals have a deep spiritual importance, or high religious importance. So wholly, festivals have played a crucial part in re-defining man’s eternal nexus with Almighty God.

Sri Venkataramana Temple, Mangalore has a high repute of observing each festival in Hindu calendar years by strictly adhering to the commands laid down in the scriptures and as per the instructions of Dharmaguru. And it is by this very reason that the sanctity of the Lord has stood exalted and the praises regarding the temple are sung all around.

Annual Car Festival

Shri Venkataramana Temple , Mangalore is one such place where piligrims converge in large numbers throughout the year and this congregation gets electrifying as the Annual Car Festival gets underway. This is an event where the whole of G.S.B Community unite enthusiastically . All the people serve the Lord during this occasion in different capacities with the sole purpose of making this event awe inspiring and thereby get blessed by Lord Sri Veera Venkatesha Swamy.

The car festival is a six day event commencing from Magha Shuddha Trithiya to Magha Shuddha Ashtami. The concept of chariot is mentioned in The Kathopanishad. It describes that the human body is a chariot and the soul is the deity installed in the chariot. The wisdom acts as the charioteer to control mind and thoughts. The Skanda Purana regards that people fortunate to see the Lord Vishnu on chariot, derive the benefit of a thousand horses sacrifice.


It is the beginning of new calendar year (Samvatsara ) among the Hindus, on chaitra Shuddha Padyamimi. It denotes the day on which Lord Brahma created this ‘Universe’.

Life being a mixture of lighter and heavier moments, Jaggery and Neem (Bevu, Bella) is distributed to represent the same.

Palanquein utsava is held in the morning and also at night.After rathri puja, the Lord being seated on Vasantha mantapa, the Panchanga of the new Samvatsara is read out by Puranavachaka. . The ‘Vasantha puja’ which runs for the next three Pakshas commences on the same day. Moogadali,Chane upkari, Toushe pacchodi, Panak are offered in the form of Naivedya to the Lord during Vasantha puja and distributed among the devotees.

Ram Navami

Celebrated on Chaitra Shuddha Navami to salute the divine birth of Lord Sri Ramachandra.

Samaradhana, Hagalu Palanquin utsava, Bhandi Pranotsava and Golden Palanquein utsava are held in temple.

Hanuman Jayanti

Celebrated on Chaitra Purnima as a mark of birth of Lord Hanuman.

The utsava deity Lord Srinivasa will ascend the throne of Parivara Sri Hanumantha and will be followed by Bhandi Pranotsva.

Akshaya Trithiya

On Vaishaka Shuddha Trithiya.

Observed as the day on which Lord Parashurama incarnated and also on this day Treta Yuga began, whereby river Ganga started flowing to earth from heaven. Regarded as auspicious day, it is believed that good deeds done on this day will receive many fold blessings. Samaradhana and Lalki utsava are held on this day.

Sri Lakshmi Venkatesha Kalyana Utsava

On Vaishaka Shuddha Dashami, signifies the wedlock of Lord Venkataramana with Goddess Padmavati (Lakshmi). Utasava deity Srinivasa is taken to Parivara Sri Lakshmi Devi’s abode and puja will be performed.

Sri Narasimha Jayanti

On Vaishaka Shuddha Trayodashi to commemorate birth of Lord Narasimha the savior of Prahlada. Lalki utasava, Gopurotsava, Vasanth puja are held on this day.

Vaishaka Purnima

Vaishaka Shuddha Purnima also known as Vyasa Purnima, the birth of Lord Vedavyasa and also as Buddha Purnima. On this on this day the utsavas held in the temple comes to a halt till kartika Shuddha Dwadashi. Samaradhana is held. The silver palanquein utsava of both Sri Venkataramana Temple and Sri Mahamaya Temple will be held together, followed by Gopurotsava and Golden Palanquein and Vasanth puja. The silver Dwara will be closed once and after cleaning the inner premises, the Dwara again is re-opened and utsava Lord will be carried on the head by Paryaya Archak as he takes five rounds of inner premises. Vhale Prasad is distributed among the devotees.

Ganapathi Prathista

On Jyeshta Shuddha Padyami, Ganapathi Prathista Mahotsava will be held in temple.

Naga Prathista

On Jyeshta Shuddha Tadige, Naga Prathista day takes place.

Prathista Mahotsava

Jyesta Shuddha, Trayodashi is one of the most significant events in the temple to celebrate the Prathista of Lord Sri Veera Venkatesha by H.H. Shrimad Vibhudendra Teertha Swamiji in the year 1804 A.D, Raktakshi Nama Samvatsara. Samaradhana, Ratri Vishesha Alankara Pooja will be held in temple.


Aashadha Shuddha Dashami.
It is the beginning of the period where the ascetics (sanyasi) along with their Lord’s idol stay in a particular locality for four months to spread spiritual injunctions. On this day all the idols in the Garbha Griha will be conveyed to Tirtha Mantapa and Abhisheka will be carried out.

Nagara Panchami

Shravana Shuddha Panchami. Milk, ghee, tender coconuts, honey,Turmeric etc are offered to Lord Naga in the temple premises.


Shravana Shuddha Dwadashi. Consecrated thread (Dharu) will be adorned on the Lord and the same is distributed among the devotees. The thread signifies the protection of the devotees by the Lord.


Shravana Shuddha Chaturdashi/ Purnima.
On this day, the janivara (sacred thread) is distributed to married men and Brahmacharis. Panchagavya is distributed as the Prasadam to the devotees. Tarpana is offered to the ancestors in the temple premises.

Samudra Puja

Shravana Shuddha Purnima.
It is celebrated as a mark of respect to water God who has nourished the people by showering rains. It denotes the end of rainy season. A coconut will be carried from the temple to a designated place (Godown) in Bunder along with milk and gold coin which after the pujas will be poured into the sea.

Sri Krishna Janmastami

Shravana shukla ashtami.
It is the divine birth of Lord Sri Krishna, the eighth incarnation of Vishnu. The Krishna avatara was instrumental in destroying the immoral and evil elements and establishing of virtue or Dharma (righteousness). On this day Shri Krishna Ashtothara and Shri Vishnu Sahsranama are recited by offering Tulasi not only in temple but also in many households.

Ganesha Chaturthi

Bhadrapada Shuddha Chaturthi.
A clay idol of Lord Ganapathi will be worshipped in the temple for 4 to 5 days. Ranga puja and all trikala pujas will be performed to the Lord at the inner Vasantha Mantapa. Even Ranga puja is performed for Parivara Lord Ganesha till Bhadrapada Purnima.

Anantha Chaturdashi

Anantha Chathurdashi, famously known as Nopi is celebrated every year in the temple.Madhyana Pooja is followed by Samaradhana and it is believed that on this day,all the food that is prepared for samaradhana served to the devotees continuously till it lasts and the samaradhana concludes just before the start of Ratri Pooja.Alvathi is special dish prepared during this occasion. Lord is decorated with Anantha Mukuta.

Paschim(Pakshi) Jagara Puja

It is held from Ashwija Shuddha Dashmi till Karthika Shuddha Dashmi, during which the temple opens at 04:00 a.m. The bhajans begin at 04:30 a.m. Mahapuja is performed at 5:30a.m. The Dwadasha Stotra composed by Shri Madwacharya, Damodara Ashtaka are recited by the devotees. Paschin jagara mangala is celebrated on Karthika Shuddha Dashmi on which there is madhyana samaradhana.

Shikhara Deepotsava

It is held on Karthika Shuddha Ekadashi. The lamps lightened in both the inner and outer premises, enhances the beauty of the temple. Subsequently rathri puja is performed.

Baleendra Puja

Baleendra Puja is performed on Karthika Shuddha Padyami the day when one of the “Eternal living being”(out of seven immortals believed to be blessed with Eternal Life) demon emperor Baleendra was pushed down to Netherworld (Paathala) by Lord Vishnu’s incarnation, Vamana. On this day Lord Veera Vittala will preside at the Dhwaja Sthambha of the Temple and annual Balance Sheet of the temple are apprised to the Lord and its copies are distributed.

Tulasi Puja (Utthana Dwadashi)

It is performed on Karthika Shuddha Dwadashi .On this day Lord Srinivasa presides on the ‘Tulasi Katte’ early morning and puja is performed. After rathri puja Lord Srinivasa again presides on ‘Tulasi Katte’ and tulasi puja is performed, which is followed by Dhindi Palanquein utsava.All the temple utsavas resumes from this day.

Karthika Purnima

On this day Lord Srinivasa along with Lord Veera Vittala presides to temple tank colony after madhyana puja with the utsava deity of Shri Mahamaya Temple. Vanabhojana is special on this occasion. Evening Lord presides on the chariot (kurindu/Dhindu) decorated with fruits and vegetables of all kinds. Crackers are bursted during the puja. After puja of the Lord on the chariot, auction (yelam) of these fruits and vegetables is conducted among the devotees, followed by the two Bombe Chavaru utsava in the nearby towns.

Maru Deepotsava

The lord Srinivasa along with Lord Veera Vittala and utsava deity of Shri Mahamaya Temple presides on Bhandi. And Bombe Chavaru utsava will be held.

Mukkoti Dwadashi

Margashira Shuddha dwadashi celebrations begins at around 5:00a.m. After puja Lord presides to the temple tank colony in the decorated silver lalki .After the holy bath in the pond procession of the Lord begins in the nearby towns. Madhyana puja is followed by samaradhana. Khichdi and polo(dosa) are the special dishes of this occasion . After rathri puja Sanna Rathotsava is done followed by silver lalki utsava and vasantha puja.

Madhwa Navami

Magha Shuddha Navami is auspicious day dedicated to Shri Madhwacharya . The puja vidhi vidhanas performed at the temple is based on the Madhwa-vaishnava principles. After rathri puja Lord Srinivasa ,along with the utsava deity of Mahamaya temple presides on sanna ratha, followed by silver lalki utsava and vasantha puja.

Maagha Shuddha Dashami

On this day after rathri puja Lord Srinivasa presides to the parivara Shri Garuda Devaru and puja is performed followed by distribution of prasadam.

Parivara Lakshmi Devi Pratishta Mahotsav

Phalguna Shuddha Navami is celebrated as the anniversary of installation of Shri Lakshmi Devi in the Parivara. Madhyana puja is followed by samaradhana. After rathri puja , Lord srinivas presides the sanna rathotsava followed by silver lalki utsava.

Holi Prarthana

It is performed on Phalguna Shuddha Dashmi by the temple purohiths in the presence of the trustees after rathri puja. Holi powder is distributed to the devotees.

Holi Purnima

On Phalguna Purnima after rathri puja , puja is conducted to the arecanut palm in one of the temple’s property and is carried on shoulders as a procession to the nearby towns and finally it is burnt in the temple tank colony indicating the destruction of evil spirits(Kama Dahana).


Following list contains all the details about the different sevas offered to Lord Sri Veera Venkatesha and Parivara deities to Lord Sri Veera Venkatesha …


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