Devi Sharan Navaratri Utsavams are one of the famous festivals held at Balatripura Sundari Temple, Devi Chowk at Rajahmundry. Balatripurasundari Devi Temple is one of the oldest temples in Rajahmundry as well as East Godavari district of Andhra Pradesh. The Devi Utsav Committee is organising Sri Devi Navaratri for the 83rd consecutive year.
The presiding deity of the temple is Sri Bala Tripura Sundari Annapurna Sametha Sri Visweswara Swamy varu.
In 2016, Rajahmundry Devi Chowk Navaratri celebrations have begun on 1 October and will end on October 11.
A nine-day ‘devi navaratri utsavam’ commenced in the night on 30 September 2016 at devi chowk by installing devi idol at the specially erected pandal with chanting of hymns with religious fervour. According to organising committee sources, devotees from neighbouring areas were thronging to devi chowk to have a glimpse of the idol. Various cultural programmes would be conducted during the nine day celebrations.
During the festival period, special pujas will be performed at pandals specially arranged opposite the Sri Kanakadurga idol. The Navaratri Utsav Committee, which was constituted in 1934, has made all arrangements for the festival.
Cultural programmes, one each day, will be arranged during the nine-day festival period.
Other festivals celebrated at Bala Tripura Sundari Temple, Rajahmundry..
Magha masam – Radha Sapthami, Bhishma Ekadashi, Maha Shivaratri
Phalguna masam – Shudda Ekadashi Kalyanam to Visweswara Swamy varu
Ashada Masam – Shudda Ekadashi, Bindu Madhava Swamy Grama Seva & Kalyanam
Sravana Masam – Sravana Sukravaram Viseshapuja to Bala Tripura Sundari, Suddha Ashtami conducting Veda Sabha (Sri Krishna Janmashtami / Krishnashtami)
Bhadrapada Masam – Suddha Chavathi Navarathri Utsavams to Vinayaka Swamy
Karthika Masam – Visesha Pujalu, Aakasa Deepam, Gramosavam, Pournami, Jwala Thoranam Seva
Margasira Masam – Pournami Janmandina Vedukalu to Bala Tripura Sundari
Dhanur Masam – Bindumadhava Swamy Poojalu