Dasara Navaratrulu is one of the biggest festivals at Nookambika Temple, Gavarapalem at Anakapalle near Visakhapatnam in Andhra Pradesh. In 2018, Nookambika Temple Dasara Navaratri Utsavams begins on 10 October and ends on 18 October with Vijayadashami.
Nookambika Ammavaru, popularly known as Nookalamma Ammavaru, is adorned and worshipped as nine different Goddesses during the nine-night festivities.
Kumkumarchana, Lalitasahasranama Stotra Parayana, Suhasini Puja, Kumari Puja, etc. are the major rituals during this Navaratri.
Sri Sri Sri Nookambika Ammavaru is one of the nine Shakti forms and popularly known as Sri Anagha Devi in ancient days. After a few years in the era of Kakatiya kings, the temple was renovated and the same goddess was worshipped with the name Sri Kakatamba. Daily pujas and diparadhanas are performed here. As the kings lost their dynasties, the daily pujas and other rituals were interrupted and slowly the temple lost its previous glory.