Mahayagna December 2009 and Maharudrayagnas.
An Athirudra Mahayagna, a rare yagna because of its complexity and
magnitude, was conducted in this Temple under the main guidance of the then
Thanthri of the temple Brahmasree Chennas Divakaran Namboodiripad and
Brahmasree Chennas Dinesan Namboodhiripad for 11 days from 27th December
1997 to 6th January 1998 for the well being of the whole mankind. This was
the IInd time in Kerala in the recent past and Ist of its kind in terms of
vast arrangements. This mammoth ritualistic function was performed by 121
Vedic scholars and their assistants at a time in a specially built yagasala.
There will be 11 Homa Kundas and 11 Vedic Scholars sitting around each Homa
Kunda and performing Homas by chanting “Sree Rudrams” which is an important
Mantra in Yajurveda. Performing homas in one Homa Kunda is known as
Rudrakalasam. When it is performed in 11 Homa Kundas at a time is known as
Maharudram. When this ritual is repeated for 11 days it becomes Athirudra
Mahayagnam. 11 Kalasams in each Homa Kunda will be filled with water, milk,
curd, ghee, honey, lime juice, gingelly oil, sugarcane juice, panchagavyam,
panchamrutham and aswagandha water and sanctified by chanting mantras in the
early hours daily. At the end of yagna in each day the Kalasams will be
taken in processioin to sree Kovil and offer as Abhisheka on deity
ceremonially. The yagna which starts at 5.30 in the morning will last for 4
hours and there will be 121 jeeva kalasams offered to the deity supported by
121 Vella nivedyams daily making a total abhisheka of 1331 Jeeva Kalasams
and 1331 Upastharanams of rice nivedyam in 11 days. The yagna concludes with a Vasordhara, offering ghee in
Homa agni without break, on the final day. There will be Laksharchana and
special poojas to all Upadevas and also Sarpa bali and Nagapattu to Nagaraja.
Athirudhra Maha yagna is an occasion creating a holy atmoshphere of a
yagasala with chanting of sacred Mantras and different offerings in homas.
There will be cultural programmes round the clock for 11 days of yagna with
discourses, seminars, varied programmes and stage performances of Temple
arts and art forms. Customarily a Maharudram will be performed during the
subsequent 11 years which will be followed with an Athirudram again.
Accordingly on completion of 11 Maharudrams annaully, the Temple is now
geared up once again for the conduct of an Athirudhra Mahayagnam in December
2009 in a grand manner. The devotees can join in the conduct of this great
yagna through their prayers and contributions in cash or by sponsoring the
required items and have the blessings of Lord Mammiyurappan.
Murahoma and Sukrutha
The Murahoma for 21 days and Sukrutha homa during the last 8 days of
Murahoma are being performed in this temple during the Vaisakha season in
Medom Malayalam month every year. Murahoma, a yagna for the well being of
the whole society and for Chaithanya in temple is based on Rigveda. Besides
Rigveda manthras, other veda manthras which are used for performing
important yagnas will also the used in Murahoma which will result in
receiving the benefit of a great yagna. During the 21 days of Murahoma the
archanas will be made in the Homa agni by chanting the manthras covered in
64 chapters of Rigveda. Thus we will get the benefit of a great yaga. During
the days of Sukrutha homa 6000 times Gayathri Manthra will be chanted daily
making a total of 48000 Gayathri Japams in 8 days along with offerings of
Ghee, Chamatha, Havissu etc in the Homa agni. The devotees can join in these
yagnams by offering in their names for Purushasooktham, veli othu,
saraswatha sooktham, mangala sooktham, ayusooktham, samwada sooktham,
yakshma hanana sooktham, garbha raksha sooktham, akhamarshana sooktham,
mruthyunjaya sooktham, sowra sooktham, alakshmi hanana sooktham, rudhra
sooktham which are the manthras for different remedial measures in life and
the results are immense according to the Vedic scriptures and the
experience of large scale devotees. There will be talks and discourses of
veteran speakers on various subjects connected with the temple religious
practices, usages, agamas and other sasthras everyday followed with variety
Rigveda dhara a rare thantric ritual, which is conducted nowhere else, is
performed daily since October 1998 to appease Lord Mahadeva and Lord Vishnu.
This is also a vazhipadu in temple so that all devotees can join in this
thantric function. During Laksharchanas, yagnas, and other kalasam
ceremonies the Chaithanya is conferred into the kalasams set up in the
Kalasamandapam and these jeeva kalasams are offered to the deities
ceremonially. In Rigveda dhara the vedic scholars are seated on the side of
the idol in sreekovil and directly conferring the Rig-Veda manthrarchana along
with continuous dhara which will last for nearly 45 minutes from 6.45 am to
7.45 am daily. The Rigveda dhara is performed simultaneously to Lord Shiva
and Lord Vishnu by eminent Vedic scholars. During Rigveda dhara one
Murajapam will be completed by two months by which the abhisheka with 1008
times sapthasudhi will also be completed resulting the effect and benefit of
a Dravya kalasam in two months.
Murajapam and Vedaparayanam in Rigveda and Yajurveda by eminent Vedic
scholars are performed in the Temple every month as a Poushtika karma for
the preservation and enhancement of Chaithanya in Temple.
It is the privilege that Sri. Puzhakkara Chennas Namboothiripad the Thanthri
of the neighboring Sree Guruvayoor Temple is the Thanthri of this Temple
also. So that the service of the Thanthri will be available in all thanthric
requirements in this Temple. There is Thanthripooja to Lord Shiva and Lord
Vishnu every month with equal importance. It is a rare fact that the
thanthri pooja is made to Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu with out any
discrimination in agamas.