Navarathri Uthsava is one of the biggest festivals at Kateel Durga Parameshwari Temple. In 2019, Navarathri Pooja Mahotsavam begins on September 29 and ends on 8 October.
Important events in Kateel Navarathri Uthsava
29 September 2019 – Navarathri Kalasha Sthapane
3 October 2019 – Lalitha Panchami
5 October 2019 – Moola Nakshatra Durga Pooja
7 October 2019 – Mahanavami
8 October 2019 – Vijayadashami, Madhwa Jayanti
On the first day of the bright fortnight of the Ashwini month starts the nine day long Navarathri festival. At midday a fire sacrifice for goddess chandika is offered as a vowed service; in the evening nine Ranga Poojas and devotional recital bracketing the span of the nine Poojas punctuate this celebration. The recital is a regular feature of all the nine days.
On the fifth day of Navarathri a chandika fire sacrifice is performed a midday on behalf of the Temple at night the Suvasini Pooja is solemnized.
This is the ninth and the last day of the Navarathri. The Mother is propitiated with Kadabu (rice cake cylindrical or globular in shape) a single Rangapooja is offered on this day what with a majority of the people of the area bringing their own arathi (a burning lamp of thick cotton threads dipped in oil and placed on a platter) and the single Pooja spanning a full three hours. After the Pooja terminates the racial that constituted the highlight of the past nine days of celebration. The ritual offering of Kadabu is the special feature of the proceedings of the day and also of the whole festival.
Cultural performances like classical music, Bharatha Natya and Yakshagana play take place on all the nine days.
Vijayadashami is also observed as Madhwa Jayanthi (the Birthday of the great preceptor Madhwacharya). As part of the religious programmers debates and talks by scholars on philosophical spiritual matters are held.
Kateel Durga Parameshwari Temple is one of the famous Shakti Temples in Karnataka state. Kateel is located at a distance of 26 kms from Mangalore city.
The holy temple is situated on an islet in the middle of the sacred river Nandini amidst panoramic scenes and fascinating greenery. Thousands of devotees visit Kateel every day to seek blessings from goddess Durga Parameshwari.