Sri Manjunathaswamy Temple is present on the banks of the River Nethravathi in the town of Dharmasthala in the Dakshina Kannada district of Karnataka. Various poojas and sevas form a part of the Dharmasthala temple rituals.
Dharmasthala Temple rituals for Sri Manjunathaswamy
The following Sevas are a part of the Dharmasthala Temple rituals for Sri Manjunathaswamy:
- Shata Rudrabhishekam – The Pooja is extremely auspicious and sacred. Devotees also believe that by performing the Pooja at Dharmasthala Temple, one can obtain protection and fulfillment of the wishes from the God.
- Bilva Pathrarchana – The Archana takes place for the deity at Dharmasthala Temple with the Bilva leaves on behalf of the devotee.
- Panchamrutha Abhishekam with Ekadasha Rudrabhishekam – The priests bathe the Lord with “Panch Amrit” that are Milk, Curd, Ghee, Honey as well as Sugar on behalf of the devotee. Then the Ekadasha Rudrabhishekam Pooja is performed for all the eleven Rudras of Lord Shiva. After the aavahan (welcoming of the deity), sthaapna (giving a seat to the deity) Laghu-nyasam is recited. Then Rudra Trishati is recited. Abhishekam is also done to each of the 11 Rudras with all the 11 dravyas prescribed in the Shiv Puraana
- Karpoora Aarti – The Aarti takes place for the Lord with Camphor known as the Karpoora on behalf of the devotee.
One can also obtain the Theertha bottle and Sri Prasada from the Seva counter at Dharmasthala Temple.
Dharmasthala Temple rituals for Sri Ammavaru
The following Sevas are a part of the Dharmasthala Temple rituals for Sri Ammavaru:
- Pavamanabhishekam – The word Pavamana means water that flows and purifies. This Abhishekam takes place amidst hymns for the purification of the soul.
- Flower Pooja – Priests decorate the Goddess in a delightful combination of flowers and perform Archana with flowers amidst several chants and mantras.
- Panchamrutha Abhishekam – The priest bathes the Lord in “Panch Amrit” that are Milk, Curd, Ghee, Honey and Sugar on behalf of the devotee.
- Kumkumarchana – The Archana takes place for the Goddess with Kumkum on behalf of the deity.
- Besides the above Sevas to the Lord and Goddess, special Sevas also take place which are:
- Gold Pallaki Utsav – The priest worship the idols in a Golden Pallaki on behalf of the devotee.
- Silver Lalaki and Deepothsava – Devotees light lamps or deepams in dedication to God and perform several Poojas and rituals.
- Ranga Pooja – The Pooja takes place only between Monday to Friday with either 24 Yede or 48 Yede.
- Tulabhara Seva – The Seva can take place between 7:30 AM to 12:30 AM on all the days of the week. This Seva includes the devotee sitting on one side of the Tula or the weighing balance. Also, devotees make offerings equivalent to their weights. Then they donate them to the temple. The Seva can take place for both children and adults at the Temple. The Pooja material depends on the choice of the devotee like rice, coconut, flowers, bananas, jaggery, sugar and coins.