COCHIN THIRUMALA DEVASWOM

Maholsavam

Maholsavam is in commemoration of the first Pratistha and it ends on the full moon day of the month Chaitra (March-April). Ratholsavam performed in the month of November-December is similar to Maholsavam in all respects except on the  afternoon of the seventh day of festival, the Lord is taken round the temple in a special chariot known as Pushpaka Vimanam. The festivals in the temple are conducted strictly as prescribed in Utsava Padhathi approved by Swami Bhuvanendra
Thirtha, the 17th pontiff of Sree Kashi Mutt Samsthan. The festival is also known as Aratt and lasts for 8 days. The festival starts with Dwajarohanam or the flag hoisting ceremony on the first day. A picture of Garuda, the considered to be the vehicle of Lord Vishnu is hoisted atop a flag mast known as Dwaja made of arecanut tree. However the actual rituals connected with the Aratt start 11 days before the day of "Dwajarohanam". This day of start of rituals is known as Utsavarambham. The main deity of the Lord is also known as Sthapana Murti or immovable idol. The idol is never taken out of the sanctum sanctorum. The other idol of the Lord along with his consorts Sri Devi and Bhu Devi known as Utsava Murti is the one taken out for all functions and festivities. For the purpose of the ensuing festival, the divine power of the main presiding deity is vested in the Utsava Murti on this evening. On this evening, all the three categories of community members namely the Vidvat-Vaidikas or the scholars and priests, the Adhikaris or the executive committee members and the Mahajanam, the community members in general, assemble in front of the Lord and pray the Almighty for his permission to perform the festival that is intended for the well being and prosperity for all. A good night's sleep is what is required before the start of any major event. Hence Sayana Utsavam is performed and the Lord is prayed to sleep and get ready for the festivities staring the next day.

Aratt

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