SIMHA SANKRAMANA

On the this day the Guttu families of Polali Savira Seeme should come to the temple in the morning and offer two coconuts each. Other devotees are to offer coconuts and plantains only after this ritual. On this day the Bhandana of the Kodumanthaya Daiva is to be taken to the Bhoothasthana(Shreene of the Daiva of Ulipapady Guttu and the Sankranthi festivals is celebrated there. The bhandara returns to the temple only the next day.

GOKULASHTAMI

The traditional bronze oil lamp(Deepa) is installed in the mantappa at night. The sacred Sapthashathi(Shree Devi Mahathmyam) is read aloud and the sacred book is worshipped. Finally the Maha Pooja is performed.

4th DAY OF BHADRAPADA SHUKLA

On this day the noon Mahapooja is done only in the evening. At first Ganapathi Homa(Burning Sacrificial Fire) is performed. Then a big heap of hodalu(pop paddy) is put in the Mantappa. Then only the Maha Pooja is performed. The temple tantric performs the pooja and sacrifice. Then the pop paddy and sugarcane pieces are distributed to the persons thee as per the traditional order of performance.

KADRIRU HABBA(CORNFESTIVAL)

This ceremony is celebrated on a fixed day in Simha Masa(April) immediately after the morning pooja and kalashabhisheka (Anointment of the deitywith sacred water). The padarhi (temple employee) should put newly cut corn sheaf on a wooden plank and place at the foot of the flag post. Then the temple priest, Mayyaru (a Brahmin who assists) and an assistant priest arrive there with a burning torch (Deevatige). They purify the corn sheaf and place it in a brass plate. Then Mayyaru goes round the sanctum sactorum in the inner quadrangle carrying the corn sheaf. Afterwards the plate with the corn are tied in one or two important places in the temple. The devotees in the vicinity of the temple then offer vegetable, fruits and nuts to the temple and take one or two stalks each to their houses and tie it there. Corn stalk is looked upon as the representative of good fortunes. It symbolizes plenty and prosperity.

NAVARATHRI

This festival in the temple is celebrated from the padya(first day after full moon day or new moon day) of the Ashwayuja month to Navami(Nineth Day). On all these mine nights special poojas are performed to the Mother Goddess in addition to the daily pooja. Rangapooja is performed on the padya day on behalf of the Ammuninje Guttu and on the Moolanakshatra day on behalf of the Ammunje Guttu and on the Moolanakshatra day on behalf of the Ulipadi Guttu. On all the days of ‘Navarathri’, recitation of the sacred scriptures like Vedas, Puranas, Upanishads, Saptha Shathi etc., are conducted on behalf of the temple and devotees. Mantra Japu, Chandika Yoga, sumptuous feeding are also performed on the Mahanavami day. Special pooja is performed and married women are worshipped considering them as the forms of the Divine Mother(Suvasinyachana). With these performance the festival comes to an end.

DEEPAVALI(FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS)

The Bhandara of Kodumanthaya is taken to Ulippadi on this day. The festival of light(Tudarabali) is celebrated there in the Bhootha Shreene and the Bhandara returns to the temple on the same night. On that night itself big rangapooja is performed in the temple. The Nattoja then puts fresh bearen rice in a new mud pot and offers it as naivedya to the main deity. Fresh beatern rice is also put in all other urulis (a broad open round vessel made of bronze) and naivedya is offered to all other deities. Mahapooja is performed after offering the beaten rice. The daily circumbulation ceremony that had been stopped on the 10th day. The Deepavali festival in the temple is then celebrated with the usual pomp and gaiety. When the festival is over the beatern rice . The daily circumambulation ceremony that had been stopped on the 10th day(Hattanedya, Patthanaje) of vrushabha month recommences on this day. The Deepavali festival in the temple is then celebrated with the usualpomp and gaiety. When the festival is over the beatern rice offered to the deities is distributed as Prasad first to the priest and then to all the members of the Guttu families present there. This beaten rice is called “Balla Bajilu’ in Tulu language. Commencing from this day, the circumambulation takes place thrice a day after the poojas and this programme continues regularly till the 10th day of the vrushabha month(Hattanedya).

KARTHIKA BAHULA PADYA

On this day Rangapooja, Appada Pooja and Utsav(festival) are performed in the temple. All the families in the Malali Savira Seeme contribute towards the expenses. All the families of the Seeme come together on this day and pray the deities to bless their land with good rains.

LAKSHADEEPOTSAVA(LAKH LIGHT FESTIVAL)

This festival is celebrated on the new moon day of the Karthika month. On this night also Rangapooja, circumambulation(Bali) and Utsav are held. On this celebration day one lakh oil lamps are lit all round the temple and therefore this is lakh light festival.

SUBRAHMANYA PANCHAMI AND SHASTI FESTIVALS

On these two days sumptuous feeding is done to the devotees who come to the temple. After the feeding is over Madesnana is physically rollinf on the plantain leaves on which food was served. Rolling on the leaves they go round the temple.) Festival is celebrated on the nights. Chariot festival (Rathostava) is also celebrated on the shashti day.

DHANURMASOTSAVA

This festival is celebrated on the three days fixed by the families of the seeme. Big Gayatri pooja to Mahabhadrakali is offered on the first day. On the second day, Ranga Poja is performed in honour of Mahadeva. On the third day the Nemotsava is celebrated in honour of Kodamnthaya Daiva. This is the festival of serving food made of new rice to the Daivas. This is called Padechchilu in Tulu language.

MAHASHIVARATHRI FESTIVAL

This festival is celebrated on the fourteenth day of the dark half of the month of Magha. Small ranga pooja, small chariot festival and general festivals are celebrated on this day.

ANNUAL FESTIVAL

This annual festival commences with flag hoisting on the Sankranthi day of the month of Meena. On the first day of the festival at the time of the noon pooja the Nattoja offers his prayers and receives Prasad from the temple and the money to be offered to the astrologer from the temple. From there he straightaway goes to the astrologer of Puttige Royal family. In the night he halts here. The next day the Nattoja places the money near the cowrie on the wooden plank of the astrologer. The astrologer (Joisa) calculates and fixes the day of Avabhrutha. (The last day of the festival on which the deity takes river bath) Hie whispers it in the ears of the Nattoja and hands over a closed bunch of betelnut flowers. The Nattoja then returns to the temple before 8 p.m. at the latest. He offers Kanike (offering made to deity) and receives Prasad. Till then no one else is given Prasad on that day.

The next day at noon the Bhandara of Kodumanthaya Daiva goes from the temple to the Daivasthana of Ulippady Guttu. After the festivalof the Daiva is over local people and the men of Malali Seeme return to the temple with the Bhandra. To the accompaniment of blowing trumpets the Bhandara returns to the temple in the light of burning torches of bundled coconut leaves. When the Bhandara reaches the Kolikunta field (field where the pegs for trying cocks are struck) the members of Ammuninje Guttu and the people of Malali Savira Seeme receive it with great respect to the accompaniment of loud sounding musical instruments. From there the Bhandara proceeds to the temple.

Then the heads of Guttus and the Sthanadavaru (Tantri, Priest, Mayya and Nattoja) offer prayers. Afterwards the banner to be hoisted is taken round the temple along with the deity going on circumambulation. After circumambulation the banner is hoisted and Mahapooja is performed.

Then the sthanadavaru pray the deity for permission to decorate the images. The image of the deity (Shree Subramanya) is then decorated with the garland of Kepala flowers. Then starts the evening circamamulation (Bayyatha Bali) to the playing of udike(a small drum like instrument). During this period various kinds of religious services are offered to the deity. Worshipping with flowers is a special worship done during this period. After the Bayyatha Bali, the routine night pooja and circumambulation take place. Early next morning Bhootha Bali and Deepada Bali (circumambulation with many oil lamps) take place. Now Kanchilu seva is performed on behalf of the children in respect of whom vows have been taken. Then Prasad is distributed to persons specially connected with the temple in the order of their status. Next item in the programme is the small chariot festival. When this is over the deity returns to the sanctum sanctorum. The peeta pooja (worship of the deity’s seat) is performed. Then peeta pooja (worship of the deity’s seat) is performed.