Daily Schedule

5:25 am

Ghantanadham

Beginning the day by ringing the temple bell is an age-old practice followed by temples everywhere. The ringing ‘Om’ sound is considered auspicious as it wards off evil and ushers in positivity.

5:30 am

Suprabhatham

The deity of the temple is traditionally awakened from His celestial slumber by the chanting of Suprabhatam, that is, traditional Vedic hymns and poems.

5:50 am

Gopooja

It is believed that 33 crore Gods and Goddesses live within a cow. Cows are also revered for the numerous nutritional benefits their products offer us. The Gopooja is an acknowledgment of the irreplaceable role they play in our lives.

6:00 am

Opening of the Temple and beginning of Guru Darshanam

As the temple doors open to the public, devotees are awarded the Prathama Darshana, that is their first glimpse of the deity.

This is followed by the Mangalarti, which involves the lighting of incense sticks and camphor, the offering of flowers to the deity and the singing of hymns in gratitude of the numerous blessings of the Almighty.

8:30 am

Abhishekam and Ashtavadana Seva

During Abhishekam, the deity is bathed in offerings like milk, yogurt, sandalwood, rosewater, honey and ghee. This is often done to the chanting of mantras and shlokas.

Ashtaduvana Seva involves singing the praise of the Almighty and sharing learnings from scriptures in the form of bhajans and poems.

11:00 am

Utsava

The idol is placed in a wooden chariot (called pallaki) and is taken around the temple, as devotees follow it on foot, singing hymns of praise and thanksgiving.

Nadasudharasa

Nadasudharasa is a tribute to Sri Nareyana’s own musical inclination as well as his literary prowess. Every morning, at 11 am, a group of bhajan singers take their place on the stage in the heart of the Mutt premises. Their songs of praise, devotion and thanksgiving to the Almighty echo throughout the Mutt and continue till 7 pm, every evening. The bhajans also include poems penned by Sri Nareyana as well as his teachings.

12:30 am

Mahamangalarthi

The Mangalarti involves the lighting of incense sticks and camphor, the offering of flowers to the deity and the singing of hymns in gratitude of the numerous blessings of the Almighty. In addition to this, the Mahamangalarti involves the lighting of all lamps within the temple as well as in the complex.

12:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Anna dasoha (Lunch)

Devotees are offered a nutritious meal, cooked in the hygienic kitchen and served in the large dining hall in the Mutt premises.

7:30 pm

Mahamangalarthi

The Mangalarti involves the lighting of incense sticks and camphor, the offering of flowers to the deity and the singing of hymns in gratitude of the numerous blessings of the Almighty. In addition to this, the Mahamangalarti involves the lighting of all lamps within the temple as well as in the complex.

7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Dinner

Devotees are offered a nutritious meal, cooked in the hygienic Mutt kitchen and served in the large dining hall in the complex.

Events Calendar

Brahma Rathotsava

Celebrated on the holy hunnime or full moon day in March, the Brahma Rathotsava day is colloquially known as the ‘Car Festival Day.’ On this auspicious day, the Sri Krishna Gandhostava pooja is performed in the Sri Amara Nareyana Temple. After the pooja, idols of Sri Amara Nareyana (Lord Vishnu), as well as his consorts, Sridevi (Goddess Lakshmi) and Bhoodevi (Mother Earth) are placed in a ratha or chariot. They are then taken around Kaiwara, to the accompaniment of bhajans, sung by devotees who follow the ratha on foot.

The day following the Amara Nareyana Swamy Brahmoratotsava is celebrated as the Sri Yogi Nareyana Rathotsava. The same poojas and rituals of the previous day are repeated to celebrate the rich student-teacher relationship – or the Guru-Shishya Parampara – shared between Sri Amara Nareyana and Sri Yogi Nareyana.

Jeeva Samadhi

The third day of the month of Jyeshta (according to the Hindu lunar calendar) is observed as the Jeeva Samadhi anniversary of Sri Yogi Nareyana. To mark the occasion, the Mutt distributes free saffron robes and sarees to sanyasi saints. Over 100 free mass marriages of the underprivileged are also conducted on this day, in addition to special poojas and rituals.

Guru Pooja

Guru Pooja is a three-day festival observed in the Ashada month of the Hindu lunar calendar. The event is an acknowledgement of the important role the guru, in this case, Sri Yogi Nareyana, played in the lives of his students. It is also a joyous celebration of his teachings.

The three-day event includes the Guru Pooja Sangeethothsava, which has famous musicians from around the country make their way to Kaiwara to participate in a non-stop 72-hour singing celebration. In addition to singing paeans dedicated to Sri Nareyana, special rituals like the special Abhishekam, Rajopachara, Parimala Dravyam, and the Dhoopa Deepa Naivedyam Samarpanam are also conducted.

Hunnime

Full moon day, or hunnime, is celebrated every month in praise of the Guru. On this day, a special Abhishekam is conducted and the Hunnime Rathotsava procession is carried out in the Mutt premises.

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