What are the festivals celebrated at Sringeri Temple?
Some of the festivals celebrated at Sringeri Temple are:
The Full Moon day in the month of Ashadha in the Hindu calendar is Guru Purnima. The holy day is especially for Guru or the Teacher. On this day, devotees offer Poojas to the Brahma Vidyacharyas – who passed down Brahman knowledge to continuous successive generations of Acharya.
Traditionally, the Chaturmasya Vrata takes place for a period of two months, usually from July – August. The Sannyasins observe the Vrata and stay at one place to disperse spiritual knowledge to their disciples.
The Navaratri Utsav is a festival of great fervor and zest in the temple complex. On the day before Navaratri, a Maha Abhishekam takes place for Goddess Sharadamba. After the Rudrabhishekam and 108 Abhishekam the priest also makes an offering of several Alankaras to the Goddess.
This festival lasts for seven days at the Sringeri Temple during the Kartik Shukla Paksha (November). Devotees perform several Poojas and Aradhanas on the special days of Shashti, Saptami and Ashtami of the month.
Besides the above main festivals mentioned, other festivals celebrated on a grand scale at the Sringeri Temple are Makara Sankranthi, Maha Shivaratri, Ugadi, Ram Navami, Narasimha Jayanti, Janmashtami, Vinayaka Chaturthi, Jagadguru Jayanti, Deepavali, and Kartik Somavara Pooja.
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