Pujas

The protocol for daily worship here is known Kumara Tantram. Eight times a day, poojas are done to Lord Subramanyar. On Vishakam nakshatiram day as well as during Chittirai Vishu and Aippasi Vishu, special pujas are done to the Lord.

Every day, processions are carried out in the inner sanctum and on the last Friday of every month, the uthsava murti is taken on a procession in the outer prakaram, along with his consorts. Special processions are conducted on days like Karttikai, Vishakam asterisms and Sashti.

TimeTemple Function
5:00 amTemple opens
5:10 amSuprabhātam
5:35 amViswarūpam
6:15 amUdayamartandam Abhishekam
7 amUdayamarithanelam Dîpārādhanai
7:30 to 8:30 amKāla Sandhi Pūja
10:30 amVehi Kāla Abhishekam
12:00Utchikālam Dîpārādhanai
5 to 5:30 pmSayaratchai Dîpārādhanai
7:15 pmArdha-jaman or Rakkālam Abhishekam
7:45 pmRakkālam Dîpārādhanai
8:00 pmEkāntam Potri Archanai
8:30 pmEkāntam Dîpārādhanai
8:45 pmRagacēyam
8:45 to 9:00 pmPalli Arai Dîpārādhanai
9:01 pmTemple closes

Pujas are conducted daily to the deities. The timings in the table at right have been attested by the Sthaladhār Sabhā and are current as of Kanda Sasti 2001. The major daily pujas are:

  1. Suprabhātam
  2. Viswarūpam
  3. Udayamartandam
  4. Mudal-kālasandhi, Ciru-Kālasandhi and Periya-kālasandhi
  5. Utchikālam
  6. Sayaratchai
  7. Ardha-jaman or Rakkalam
  8. Ekāndam
  9. Palli-arai Dîpārādhanai or the Lord’s rest

Worshippers receive here the Lord’s prasādam of sacred ashes put into pannîr leaves known as ilai vipūti. The significance of the peculiar custom followed in almost all the Saivite temples in the district has to be connected perhaps to the introduction of Potris as the archakas of this foremost temple, and who thus perpetuated their aloofness without a physical contact with the worshippers. And it may even be the pannîr leaves have a peculiar sanctity and the retention of the magnetic effects of the prasadam.

Abishekas are conducted to the principal deity, Subrahmanyam, thrice during the day and to Shanmukha on every Visāka Nakshatra in the month and on the first of Chittirai and Aippasi months.

On the last Friday of each Tamil month, Senthil Nāyakar with His consorts are taken round the outer giri-prakāra of the temple in procession on mayil vākanam as an ubaya kattalai by the Nadar community, out of an endowment trust fund from Nagercoil. Processions within the inner prakaras are conducted on every monthly Tiru-Kārttikai, Visākam, Sashti and on the first of every Chittirai and Aippasi months.

Monthly Special Poojas

  • On the Visakam day Special Abishegam for Lord Shanmuga is performed and the procession of deity during night is conducted.
  • Special Pooja is performed on Sukla Sashti day in every Tamil month and the procession of deity during night takes place.
  • 108 Thiruvilakku pooja is performed on the Karthigai day every month. Special Abishegam is performed to Jayanthi Nathar and the Utsava idol is taken in the golden chariot in the night.
  • On the first day of every Tamil month, Ganapathy Homam and Special Pooja are performed. The Utsava idol is taken in procession during night.
  • On the last Friday of every Tamil month Special Pooja and procession of Utsava idol is conducted.
  • On the first day of Chithirai month Annabhishegam and Special Pooja are performed and a procession of Utsava idol is conducted during night.
  • During the Purattasi month Navarathiri festival is conducted for nine days.
  • On the first day of the Iyppasi month Annabhishegam and Special Poojas are performed and the procession of Utsava idol is conducted.
  • On the Panguni Uthiram day the Thirukalayanam of Arulmigu Valli is celebrated.
  • On the Visakam day Special Abishegam for Lord Shanmuga is performed and the procession of deity during night is conducted.
  • Special Pooja is performed on Sukla Sashti day in every Tamil month and the procession of deity during night takes place.
  • 108 Thiruvilakku pooja is performed on the Karthigai day every month. Special Abishegam is performed to Jayanthi Nathar and the Utsava idol is taken in the golden chariot in the night.
  • On the first day of every Tamil month, Ganapathy Homam and Special Pooja are performed. The Utsava idol is taken in procession during night.
  • On the last Friday of every Tamil month Special Pooja and procession of Utsava idol is conducted.
  • On the first day of Chithirai month Annabhishegam and Special Pooja are performed and a procession of Utsava idol is conducted during night.
  • During the Purattasi month Navarathiri festival is conducted for 9 days.
  • On the first day of the Iyppasi month Annabhishegam and Special Poojas are performed and the procession of Utsava idol is conducted.
  • On the Panguni Uthiram day the Thirukalayanam of Arulmigu Valli is celebrated.