Kuchela Dinam, Kuchela day, is observed on the first Wednesday of Dhanu Masam (December – January) as per traditional Hindu calendar followed at Guruvayur Sri Krishna Temple in Kerala. Kuchela Dinam 2010 date is December 22. The day commemorates the meeting of Kuchela, a friend and school mate, and Sri Krishna.Kuchela visits Krishna after several years when Sri Krishna is the ruler of Dwarka. Kuchela, also known as Sudama, was poor and he was visiting Krishna to ask some financial help to overcome his poverty. He carried with him handful of aval or poha (beaten rice).
Special Days in Guruvayur temple
Every year Nira and puthiri are celebrated in Guruvayur Temple. The date for this is decided by the temple Thanthri. The paddy sheaves necessary for the Nira are carried from the eastern Gopuram by keezhsanthis. They enter the chutambalam with the sheaves on their head, make pradakshinams and enter the inner shrine to place these at the Mukhamandapam. Then the Melsanthy, after the necessary poojas, takes these paddy sheaves to the Lord. It is this most sanctified prasadam that devotees so lovingly take home.
Ekadashi the eleventh day of every lunar fortnight, is very auspicious to the Hindus. Of the 24 Ekadasis in a year, the Vrishchika Ekadasi (Sukla paksha) has got special significance in Guruvayur. It falls in the Mandala season (17 November, 2010). The Navami (9th day) and Dasami (10th day) are also very important. Ekadasi Vilakku starts a month before the Ekadasi day as offering by different persons, families and organisations.Highlights of the Guruvayur Ekadasi are the memorial honour for Gajarajan Kesavan and the Chembai Sangeetholsavam.
Ganesha Chaturthi , also known as Vinayaka Chaturthi is the Hindu festival of Ganesha, the elephant-headed son of Shiva and Parvati, who is believed to bestow his presence on earth for all his devotees in the duration of this festival. It is the birthday of Lord Ganesha who is widely worshiped as the god of wisdom, prosperity and good fortune. The festival is observed in the Hindu calendar month of Bhaadrapada, starting on the shukla chaturthi (fourth day of the waxing moon period). The date usually falls between 20 August and 15 September.
During the Navarathri season special poojas, Keli, Nagaswaram and Thayampaka are arranged at the Edatharikathukavu Temple of Guruvayur Temple.