Sharan Navaratri in Sringeri Sharadamba Temple is a spectacular celebration during Ashwina masa every year. In 2020, Sharada Navaratri Utsava begins on October 17 and ends on October 26 with Dasara (Vijaya Dashami) in Sringeri Temple.
Sharan navaratri at Sharadamba Temple, Sringeri, Karnataka, is the most auspicious festival when the Supreme Goddess, Sri Sharada Mata, worshipped as Universal Mother is adorned in the form of MahaKali, MahaLakshami and Maha Sarawathi. It is celebrated with grandeur by Jagatguru Shankaracharya in the Shukla Pakska of Ashwin Masa i.e from Mahalaya Amavasya to Vijaya Dashami. The dates of Navaratri 2020 and the schedule of Sharan Navaratri celebrations are given here.
On the Amavasya day prior to Navaratri Kalashasthapana (16 October 2020), Shardambha after the Maha Abhisheka is adorned with Jagat Prasutika Alankara, signifying her role as Universal Mother. The commencement of utsava is marked by the Sri Sharadha Prathishtha on the day following the Amavasya. From this day Devi is decorated on different Vahanas, identifying Devi in several forms.
Here is detailed information about the calendar and dates of Navaratri 2020 and the respective Alankarams at Sringeri Sharada Peetham:
Jagadguru Shankaracharya Sri Sri Bharati Tirtha Mahaswamiji will be observing the annual Sharada Sharannavaratri this year at Sringeri. The Jagadguru will perform special puja to Goddess Sharadamba at noon and preside the Durbar conducted at night at the temple of Sri Sharadamba throughout the nine days. Details are given in the invitation brochure below.
Navaratri means ‘Nine Nights’. Navaratri is considered auspicious and efficacious for the worship of Jaganmaata, the Universal Mother who killed cruel demons like Madhu-Kaitabha, Shumbha-Nishumbha, Mahishasura and others. The following verse is quoted from Devi Mahatmyam occuring in the Markandeya Puranam –
शरत्काले महापूजा क्रियते या च वार्षिकी ।
तस्यां ममैतान्माहात्म्यं श्रुत्वा भक्ति समन्वितः ॥
The purport of the above shloka is as follows.
“By special worship of Jaganmaata and by chanting Devi Mahatmya during Sharatkaala (Sharadritu), Devi is pleased and showers all prosperity unto her devotees.”
Known variously by the names of Durga Puja, Sarasvati Puja, Navratrotsavetc., Navaratri is one of the important festivals in the Hindu calendar and is celebrated across the country with devotion and fervour
Among the various festivals celebrated at Sringeri, the Navaratri Utsava stands unique. With a centuries old tradition, Navaratri is celebrated at Sringeri in the August presence of the Jagadguru in the same manner as prescribed in the scriptures and followed for many centuries.
Throughout the nine days of the festival the Jagadguru Shankaracharya, Sri Bharati Tirtha Mahaswamiji performs special puja to Goddess Sharadamba in the afternoon. Goddess Sharadamba is adorned with different alankaras everyday throughout the nine days. Following the nearly 800 year old unbroken tradition begining from the time of Sri Vidyaranya Mahaswamiji, the 13th Jagadguru Shankaracharya of the Dakshinamnaya Sri Sharada Peetham at Sringeri, the Jagadguru Shankaracharya adorns the Vyakhyana Simhasana in royal attire and presides over the Durbar that is conducted in the evening on all the nine days and graces the many thousands of devotees who visit Sringeri to seek the blessings of Goddess Sri Sharadamba and the Jagadguru Shankaracharya.
The whole festivity culminates with the grand-finale of the Adda-Palakki Utsavaon the 11th day, unique to the Sringeri Sharada Peetham alone, where the Jagadguru is honoured and carried in a golden palanquin in a unique way.
Programme Schedule – Details of Alankaras
16 October 2020 – Sri Sharadamba Mahabhisheka, Jagatprasutika Alankara
17 October 2020 – Sri Sharada Pratishtha, Brahmi (Hamsavahini) Alankara
18 October 2020 – Brahmi (Hamsavahini) Alankara
19 October 2020 – Maheshwari (Vrishavahana) Alankara
20 October 2020 – Kaumari (Mayuravahana)
21 October 2020 – Saraswati Avahana, Veena Sharada Alankara, Shala Pravesha for Shatachandi Yaga
22 October 2020 – Garudavahana Alankara (Vaishnavi)
23 October 2020 – Mohini Alankara
24 October 2020 – Rajarajeshwari Alankara
25 October 2020 – Simhavahana Alankara (Chamunda), Shatachandi Purnahuti, Gajashwa Puja, Maha Navami
26 October 2020 – Gajalakshmi Alankara, Vijayadashami – Rama Pattabhisheka Sarga Parayana, Vijayotsava (evening)
27 October 2020 – Gajalakshmi Alankara, Sri Sharadamba Car Festival