Durga Navaratri or Dasara Utsavam is one of the biggest events in Bhramaramba Mallikarjuna swamy temple located at Srisailam in Kurnool district of Andhra Pradesh. In 2016, Durga Navratri starts on October 1 and ends with Shami Puja on Vijaya Dashami day, 11 October.
During the celebrations, special pujas and archanas are offered to Lord Mallikarjuna swamy. Bhramarambika Devi worshipped in 9 forms of Navadurga. Vahana sevas to Goddess Bramaramba and to Lord Mallikarjuna are the most eye-catching events.
Dasara Navratri begins with the Ganapati Pooja followed by the Kalasa Sthapana and ends with Poornahuthi. Special pujas, Archanas are performed on these days along with Navaratri special pujas like – Kumari Puja, Suhasini Puja and Dampati Puja.
Srishailam is the most sacred place in South India where one of the Dwadasa Jyothirling (12 prominent Shiva temples) and one of the Astadasha Shakti Peethas (18 prominent temples of Goddess Shakti).
Durga Navaratri 2016 Calendar – Dates, Alankaras and celebrations during Navaratri 2016
1 October 2016 – Shailaputri Alankaram – Brungi Vahanam seva
2 October 2016 – Brahmacharini Alankaram – Mayura Vahanam seva
3 October 2016 – Chandraghanta Alankaram – Ravana vahana seva
4 October 2016 – Kushmanda Alankaram – Kailasa Vahana seva
5 October 2016 – Skandamata Alankaram – Sesha vahana seva
6 October 2016 – Katyayani Alankaram – Hamsa vahana seva
7 October 2016 – Kalaratri Alankaram – Gajavahana seva
8 October 2016 – Mahadurga Alankaram – Nandi vahana seva
9 October 2016 – Siddidayini Alankaram – Ashwa vahana seva
10 October 2016 – Rajarajeshwari devi Alankaram – Nandi vahanam seva
11 October 2016 – Bhramarambika Devi Alankaram
Navratri celebrations will begin on 1st October 2016 at 8 am with several special pujas like Yagashala Pravesham, Ganapati Puja, Swasthi Punyahavachanam, Deeksha Sankalpam, Kankana Puja, Rudrayaga Sankalpam, Deekshadharana, Kankana dharana, Mandaparadhana and Kalasha shtapana Puja. At 10.30 am Chandiyaganga Akhanda sthapana, Vaasthu puja, Vaasthu homam and at 4’0 clock in the evening Parayanam and Japanushtana are performed.
At 5’0 clock on the same day, Ankurarapana, Agni Prathishta, Navavaranarchana, Kumkumarchana, Rudrahomam, Chandi homam and at 9 pm Suhasini Puja, Kalaratri Puja, Maha mangala harati, Neerajana mantra pushpam and Teerth Prasad Vitharana are performed.
Special pujas will be performed from 1 to 11 October as per the temple schedule and rituals. On 11 October 2016, Vijaya Dashami day, Shami Puja is performed in the evening and then after Navaratri celebrations will be concluded.