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 2023, Durga Navratri starts on October 15 and ends with Shami Puja on Vijaya Dashami day, October 24.
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 2023 Calendar – Dates, Alankaras and celebrations during Navaratri 2023
15 October 2023 – Shailaputri Alankaram – Brungi Vahanam seva
16 October 2023 – Brahmacharini Alankaram – Mayura Vahanam seva
17 October 2023 – Chandraghanta Alankaram – Ravana vahana seva
18 October 2023 – Kushmanda Alankaram – Kailasa Vahana seva
19 October 2023 – Skandamata Alankaram – Sesha vahana seva
20 October 2023 – Katyayani Alankaram – Hamsa vahana seva
21 October 2023 – Kalaratri Alankaram – Gajavahana seva
22 October 2023 – Mahadurga Alankaram – Nandi vahana seva
23 October 2023 – Siddidayini Alankaram – Ashwa vahana seva
24 October 2023 – Bhramarambika Devi Alankaram – Nandi vahanam seva
Navratri celebrations will begin on 15 October 2023 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.
The government of Andhra Pradesh will present Pattu Vastralu to the temple authorities during Dasara Navaratri Utsavams.
Special pujas will be performed from 15 October 2023 to 24 October 2023 as per the temple schedule and rituals. On 24 October 2023, Vijaya Dashami day, Shami Puja is performed in the evening and then after Navaratri celebrations will be concluded.
The above one is just a tentative schedule. The actual schedule will be published after a confirmation from the temple authorities.