Vilwadrinatha Temple’s Niramala fest begins today

via Pioneer News Service | Thiruvilwamala published on September 20, 2006

The Niramala festival of the famous Vilwadrinatha Temple here will be celebrated on Thursday with special poojas and rows of lighted lamps.

The festival falls on the first Thursday of Malayalam month, Kanni, of the Malayalam calendar.

For this festival, the percussionists and elephant-owners will not accept any remuneration for their services as they consider these as offerings to Lord Rama.

The Niramala programmes will start at 5.30 am with Ashtapadi, Nagaswaram, Melam, Seeveli and Panchavadyam. Programmes at night will commence with single and triple Thayampakas. Then Melam and Seeveli with caparisoned elephants will take place. The celebrations will conclude by Friday morning.

There are two sanctum sanctorums at the Vilwadrinatha Temple, known as Padinjare Nada (West Gate) and Kizhakke Nada (East Gate). The idols in both the sanctorums resemble Lord Mahavishnu with conch, Sudarshana, mace and lotus.

But deities of both sanctum sanctorums are being worshipped by devotees as Lord Rama. The huge idol of Hanuman at the East Nada strengthens this belief.

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