"Kulavazha acceptance and ripening process" - one of the important ceremonial ritual part of the Mahanavami Maholsavam at Urakam Ammathiruvadi Temple was performed by Vyloor Bhavadasa Warrier on 13th October 2010 morning. It marked the start of the decoration process of the temple premises with ripened banana bunches during the final days of the navarathri. The banana bunches, almost all types available and cultivated in Kerala now, are offered by the residents of Urakam Desham and farmers from nearby villages for this ceremony. They are then kept in specially made cells inside the Eastern gopuram of the temple and processed and prepared within two days. Then, the Western entrance of the temple and the Saraswathi Mandamp will be beautifully decorated on 15th October 2010 on Durgashtami day. This unique and extremely beautiful decoration, seen only at Urakam Ammathiruvadi temple, will remain till Vijayadashmi day (17th October 2010). On this auspicious day, special poojas performed during the morning shiveli, and then they will be offered as prasadam to the residents and devotees who presented them to Ammathiruvadi.
It is extremely auspicious to visit the temple during the three days, especially on Vijayadashami day and receive this prasadam. Devotees from all over Kerala visit the temple on this auspicious day. Devotees from Tamilnadu, Karnatak and Andra Pradesh on their way to Sabarimala temple make it a point to visit and take darshan of Amma Thiruvadi temple during this time.
If you have an opportunity, do visit Urakam Ammathiruvadi Temple during this Mahanavami. Important dates to visit during Mahanavami - 15th October to 17th October 2010.
Photos provided by urakathammathiruvadiksethra upadeshakasamathi