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 2020, Durga Navratri starts on October 17 and ends with Shami Puja on Vijaya Dashami day, October 25.
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 2020 Calendar – Dates, Alankaras and celebrations during Navaratri 2020
17 October 2020 – Shailaputri Alankaram – Brungi Vahanam seva
18 October 2020 – Brahmacharini Alankaram – Mayura Vahanam seva
19 October 2020 – Chandraghanta Alankaram – Ravana vahana seva
20 October 2020 – Kushmanda Alankaram – Kailasa Vahana seva
21 October 2020 – Skandamata Alankaram – Sesha vahana seva
22 October 2020 – Katyayani Alankaram – Hamsa vahana seva
23 October 2020 – Kalaratri Alankaram – Gajavahana seva
24 October 2020 – Mahadurga Alankaram – Nandi vahana seva
25 October 2020 – Siddidayini Alankaram – Ashwa vahana seva
26 October 2020 – Bhramarambika Devi Alankaram – Nandi vahanam seva
Navratri celebrations will begin on 17 October 2020 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 17 October to 25 October 2020 as per the temple schedule and rituals. On 25 October 2020, 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.