The 11-day Mahashivaratri Brahmotsavam is celebrated with utmost gaiety and fervor in Srisailam Mallikarjuna Swamy Temple. In 2021, Shivaratri annual Brahmotsavam will begin on March 4 and ends on March 14. Shivaratri 2021 date is March 11. (Tentative Schedule).
Before the beginning of the 11-day festival, chief priests of the temple invoke Ganapati and conduct ‘Maha Sankalpam for universal peace. Ankurarpana and Dwajarohanam will be performed on March 4, 2021.
Here is the detailed schedule of Shivaratri Brahmotsavams 2021 in Srisailam Temple
4 March 2021 : Ankurarpana & Dhwajarohanam
5 March 2021 : Hamsa Vahana seva
6 March 2021 : Mayura vahana seva
7 March 2021 : Bhrungi Vahana seva
8 March 2021 : Offering of Pattu vasthras by the state government of Andhra Pradesh
9 March 2021 : Pushpa Pallaki
10 March 2021 : Gaja Vahanam
11 March 2021 : Prabhotsavam & Nandi Vahana seva. Maha Shivaratri. Lingodhbava kaala maharudrabhishekam. Paagalankarana. Kalyanotsavam.
12 March 2021 : Rathotsavam, Sadasyam, Nagavalli.
13 March 2021 : Purnahuthi, Vasantotsavam, Trishula Snanam, Shiva deeksha viramana, Dhwajarohana.
14 March 2021 : Ashwavahana seva
The major events during Shivratri celebrations are – Vahana Sevas to God and Goddess, Lingodhbhavakala Maharudrabhishekam to God, Pagalankarana, Shiva Parvati Kalyanothsavam (Bramaramba Mallikarjuna Swamy kalyanam), Rathothsavam and Dhwajavarohana.
Vahana sevas are other important events of Shivaratri brahmotsavam in Srisailam Mallikarjuna Temple in which the procession of Mallikarjuna and Bramarambika take place on various vahanas like – Seshavahanam, Mayura Vahanam, Nandivahanam, and Ashwa vahanam.
At midnight on Mahashivaratri (11 March 2021), Lingodbhavam (emergence of Lingam) and Maha Abhishekam are celebrated at Srisailam Temple. Rathothsavam will be performed on the next day of Shivaratri (12 March 2021). The Srisailam Temple committee is expecting that more than one lakh devotees will participate in Rathothsavam (Car Festival).
The 11-day Brahmotsavam festival ends with Dwajavarohanam in which the Dwajapathakam (flag) will be removed from Dhwajasthambham. Nearly a Million devotees will visit the Srisailam Mallikarjuna swamy temple during Shivaratri 2021 Brahmotsavams.
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