sree mookambika temple - goddess Mookambika - lord Mookambika
         Sri Mookambika Temple celebrates various festivals and regularly conducts Pancha Pooja and Thrikala Bali. Various celebrations of the temple can broadly be classified as Nithyothsavam, Varothsavam, Pakshothsavam, Masothsavam, and Varshikothsavam.

Nithyothsavam (Daily):
         On Fridays, before the Pradoshakala Pooja at about 6 p.m, the festival idol is carried to the Olaga Mantapam (Saraswathi Mantapam)) in the North and the Ashtavadhana Seva is offered to the Goddess there. The Varothsava will run on from Karthika Amavasya to Jyestha Shuddha Ashtami.

Varothsavam (Weekly):
        Daily rites like Thrikala Bali and other routine rituals are nithyothsavam. From Sri Mookambika Janmashtami to the commencement of Navarathri ( Ashwayuja Shuddha first) all rituals are performed at Purana Mantapam in side the temple. From the commencement of Navarathri till the Janmastami of Sri Mookambika, there is Palaki Uthsavam (palanquin) in the outer round of the temple and ashtavadhana seva are performed at the Saraswathi mantapam in side the temple.

        On all New moon days and Full moon days, after the Night Bali, the festival idol is carried to the Olaga Mantapam(Saraswathi mantapam) in the west. This street festival is regularly observed. At the Olaga Mantapam, Pooja and Ashtavadhana Seva are performed. After the festival idol returns, the Kashaya Thirtha is distributed.

Varshika Uthsavam:
        Varshika Utsava(annual festival) is celebrated for ten days.The Brahma Rathothsava falls on the Phalguna Bahula Moolanakshatra day (moolam nakshathram of meenam which generally comes in the month of March).
The celebrations are as follows:
        1st day:   Flag, Hoisting , raising the flag after the morning 'Punyaha' rites.
        2nd day:   Day rituals ( Evening about 5 o'clock) - Going round the village (Grama Pradhakshina) Pooja at Kaveramma's Katte, Vasantha, Night Rituals - Night Bali ,. After the Ashtavadhana Seva, procession on the Mayura Vahana. to the Saraswathi Mantapam in the west.
        3rd day:   Day ritual Procession to the Saraswathi Mantapam in the North (Toppalu Katte), Night Ritual - Dolarohan, Pooja to the Goddess and procession to Saraswathi Mantapam in the West, Ashtavadhana Seva.
        4th day:   Day ritual Katte Pooja at Sri Gopalakrishna Temple, Vasantha , Night ritual- Goddess is carried on the 'Pushparatham' to the Saraswathimantapam in the west and pooja and Ashtavadhana Seva .
        5th day:   Day ritual Procession to the katte at Sri Gopala Krishna Temple, Night ritual- the Goddess is carried on the Vrishabha vahana to the Saraswathi mantapam in the west and Ashtavadhana seva .
        6th day:   Day ritual Day ritual- Procession to the Patelara Katte at Balegadde. Night Ritual- Goddess is carried on the 'Gaja vahana' to the Saraswathi Mantapam in the west.
        7th day:   Day ritual Procession to the Sarasawathi mantapam in the west After the Pradoshapooja grand Rangapooja; Night Rituals- Bali. Goddess is carried on the Simha vahana to the Saraswath mantapam in the west for Pooja and Ashtavadhana Seva.
        8th day:   Maharathothsavam. Odu Bali and Brahma Ratha Arohanam in the morning at about 11-30. In the evening at about 5 o' clock, processions of theBrahma Ratham till the Saraswathi mantapam in the west.
        9th day:   Choornothsavam, Okuli, Avabhritha Snanam at the Sauparnika Ghat. Theppothsavam (roving), Mruga bete (Animal hunting) at night, pooja of Sridevi seated on the Horse. (From 8 o' clock in the night till 8 o' clock next morning)
        10th day:   Poornahuthi at the North Eastern Yagashala, lowering the flag (Dhawaja Avarohana).

        Navarathri days are considered to be the most auspicious time to worship all Shakthi devathas. It is also the most important festival of Mookambika. Thousands of pilgrims throng the temple on those nine days. Vijaya Dashami day is the most auspicious day for beginning education (Vidya Arambham). Navarathri commences on first day of Ashwayuja Shukla Paksha (which generally comes in the month of October) as per lunar calendar. Punyaha Kriya, Ghata Sthapana (Navakshari Kalasha), Kalpoktha Pooja are performed on the first day. Lalitha Vrutha starts on fifth day. Kalpoktha Pooja, Suvasini pooja, Ranga Pooja are performed on other days. Durgashtami falls on eighth day. Ninth day known as Mahanavami is the most important day. Maha Chandika Yaga, and Pushparathothsava are conducted on that day. Coins are flung from Pushparatham and it is believed that those who get the coins by chance (not by wresting) are blessed ones. After Pushparathotsava, Udbhava Lingam is showered (Abhisheka) with Navakshari Kalasha. Vidyarambha, Kadiru Habba, Navanna Prashana (meal of new rice-Puthari) and Vijayothsava procession to Shukla Theertha are conducted on Vijaya Dashami day. Vidyarambham starts at 4'o clock in the morning on Vijaya Dashami day.