Vakacharthu, Sankabhisheka and Swarnakalasa are followed by the malar nivedya. Usha pooja starts then. More important than the first and second, are the third, the fourth and fifth poojas. The sreekovil will remain closed while this poojas are performed and devotees will throng out side; in solemn silence.
Daily Poojas at Guruvayur Temple
The timings given are approximate. It may vary if there is Udayasthamana pooja or on certain special occasions.
Temple opens at 3.00 am
- 3.00am to 3.30am Nirmalyam
- 3.20am to 3.30am Thailabhishekam, Vakacharthu, Sankhabhishekam.
- 3.30am to 4.15am Malar Nivedyam, Alankaram.
- 4.15am to 4.30am Usha Nivedyam.
- 4.30am to 6.15am Ethirettu pooja followed by Usha pooja.
- 7.15am to 9.00am Seeveli,Palabhishekam,Navakabhish ekam, Pantheeradi Nivedyam, and Pooja.
- 11.30am to 12.30pm Ucha pooja (the noon pooja).
* Temple will be closed between 12.30pm.
Temple reopens at 4.30 pm
- 4.30pm to 5.00pm Seeveli.
- 6.00pm to 6.45pm Deeparadhana.
- 7.30pm to 7.45pm Athazha pooja Nivedyam.
- 7.45pm to 8.15pm Athazha pooja.
- 8.45pm to 9.00pm Athazha seeveli.
- 9.00pm to 9.15pm Thrippuka, Olavayana.
* 9.15pm The Sreekovil remains closed.
* Special illuminations called "Vilakku" The Thripuka is performed after that. The Sreekovil will be closed after Thripuka. Then the Krishnanattam, a colourful traditional dance-drama on Lord Krishna's life is enacted inside the Temple on specified days.
The day of the lord begins with Vakacharthu and it is the preparation for his holy bath. The garlands, the flowers of the previous night are removed after the Nirmalyadarsanam and gingelly oil is poured over the idol. This oil collected their after, is considered to be very sacred.
The lord himself comes out from the sreekovil and stands witnessing the offering paid to his Celestial attended, thrice a day. He offering is paid to the attended round the sreekovil first.The Melsanthi will precede offering flowers and nivedyam and kizhsanthi will flow carrying the seevelithidambu.
Deeparadhana is aradhana with lamps, performed at dusk. Pyramidal lamps with seven tiers, nagaphana lamps with five wicks and plan lamps with a single wick are lightened and waved several times in front of the Lord, from head to foot. Similar waving is then done with lighted camphor. While illumining the sreekovil
Almost on all days, there will be Namajapa in the Aadyathmika hall and pilgrims, when they get time in between poojas will join it Namajapa was made prominent by poonthanam and Kurooramma. During the noon intervals pilgrims assemble to listen to puranaparayanam which was popularized by Kunjikkavu Namboothiri,
The garlands, the flowers of the previous night are removed after the Nirmalyadarsanam and gingelly oil is poured over the idol. This oil collected their after, is considered to be very sacred. Thripuka is the last of the rites. A mixture of eight medicinal incenses is lighted and the fume arising there from disinfects the whole temple.
The divine chaithanya of a temple may, by some reason or other, be impaired, and this has, to be reinforcement every year. Annul utsava is the reinforcement of this divine chaithanya, and therefore it is a must for every Temple. Utsava enables devotees to get together at least once in a year, which helps them to enhance individual faith,
On the first day of utsavam morning seeveli is conducted without Elephant. This reminds devotees of those days when no elephant were owned by the Guruvayur Devaswom. , on the afternoon of an utsavam, elephants properly decorated at Thrikkanamathilakam temple festival ran all the way to Guruvayur.
The festival begins at dusk after the deeparadhana with the temple ooralan (trustee) Mallissery karanaver presenting koora and pavithram to the temple Thanthri and requesting him to commence the kalasa rituals. Then the mulayidal will be performed inside the temple Rituals like santhi homa, Thathwakalasa,
Nirmalyadarsanam is the first of the darsan and is considered to be very holy. This is the darsan of the lord with all the garland flowers and jewels worn during the pervious night. No devotee will ever miss the darsan of this consummate glory. The lord himself comes out from the sreekovil and stands witnessing the offering