Festivals


The famous ‘Navaratri festival’ is celebrated here with great fervor. The most important ten-day festival of the Paruvur Dhakshina Mookambika Temple is the Navarathri Festival. “Music festival” and 'Vidyarambham' ceremony are the main features of this festival. Apart from the Navarathri Festival, the 'The ten-day annual festival' is celebrated in the month of Makaram (January -Februay). The Navarathri Music Festival features famous and popular musicians from South India and draws a huge crowd.



The Navarathri mandapam and the Aanapandal become alive with classical concerts during Navarthri days. Nine days of dance and music makes the navarathri musical fest a glorious celebration. It is in the month of Kanni(September-October). Mostly small children's 'Arangettams'the dance and music performance are the main program in navarathri festival in Dhakshina Mookambika Temple. Thousands of devotees throng the temple these days. Small children are initiated to the world of learning on 'Vidyarambha mandapam' of the temple on Vijayadashmi day. The devotees can register for dance and music performances for the Navaratri festival in the temple.

Application form to perform in the Navarathri Mandapam


'Ezhuthinirithu' or 'Vidyarambham day'


Vidyarambham, sometimes referred as Ezhuthiniruthu, is a Hindu tradition where children between two and three years old are formally introduced into the world of knowledge. Vidyarambam is a combination of two Malayalam word “Vidya” means “knowledge” and “Arambham” means "beginning”.

Visiting the temple, in North Paravur Dhakshinamookambika temple during Navratri celebrations is an outstanding experience. On Durgashtami, the eighth day of Navaratri dedicated to Goddess Durga, books are arranged before the image of Goddess Saraswathy and pooja is performed. On Vijayadasami morning(tenth- day), 'Ezhuthinirithu' or 'Vidyarambham' (Saraswathy pooja day) ceremony takes place at a special mandapam which begins from 4 am and lasts till 11a.m.

Vidyarambham ritual commences with prayers to Lord Ganapathi – the remover of obstacles, and then to Goddess Saraswathi Devi. The children sit on the lap of the Guru (teacher) or any elder person who writes ‘Hari Shree’ on the child’s tongue with a golden ring. It is said that writing on the tongue with gold evokes the grace of the Goddess Saraswati. Then, with the help of the Guru, the child is made to write ‘Om Hari Sree Ganapathye Namaha’ in Malayalam with the right index finger. Hari refers to the Lord, and Sree refers to prosperity. Writing on sand denotes practice, whereas writing on grains denotes the acquisition of knowledge, which leads to prosperity.

Children also start lessons and make their debut in various art forms like music, dance and painting on this final Vijayadasami day.

Those who cannot come on that day due to personal reasons, even on other ordinary days also vidhyarambham (ezhuthiniruthal) is performed here, on special request.


'The ten-day annual festival'


The ten-day annual festival of Dakshina Mookambiaka Temple in North Paruvur is celebrated in Makaram (January–February). Uthrattathi in the month of Makaram is celebrating as ‘Arattu’ ( final day of festival). Also eight day as ‘Uthsavabali’ and ninth day as ‘Valiyavilakku’.