Navarathri (nine nights) is one of the greatest festivals of India. This festival is celebrated for nine days (October 15 – October 24) , in which God is worshipped in the form of Mother. This is a period of introspection and purification. Navarathri is traditionally an auspicious time for starting new ventures. During this period, Durga, Lakshmi and Saraswati are worshipped as three different manifestations of Shakti or Cosmic energy.
The temple town of Kanchipuram is no different with regards to the auspiciousness of Navarathri. There are many celebrations across the town with some of them being more famous than the others. Below are details of a few.
The celebrations will be performed in Sri Maha Tripurasundari Sametha Sri Chandramouleeshwara Swami temple at Kanchi Kamakoti Peetam, Sankara Matam, Kanchipuram. Navaratri Mahotsava occupies a special place in Saivam, Shaktam and Vaishnavam. Worshipping the Divine Mother in Her three magnificent forms… Mahalakshmi, Mahakali and Mahasaraswathi is the main significance of Sarada Navaratri. During Navaratri, Special abhishekam, alankaram, navavarana pujai, Suvasini puja and kanya puja will take place everyday. Their Holinesses Pujyashri Jayendra Saraswathi Shankaracharya Swamiji and Pujyashri Shankara Vijayendra Saraswathi
Shankaracharya Swamiji will perform Sharada Navaratri Mahotsava for Sri Mahatripurasundari Sametha Sri Chandramouleeswara Swami at Sri Kanchi Kamakoti Peetham, Kanchipuram from 16th to 24th October 2012.Special pujas, japas, parayanam, homam etc. will be performed during this period for Lokakshema .
Devotees are invited to participate in the pujas and receive the bountiful blessings of Sri Mahatripurasundari Sametha Sri Chandramouleeswara Swami and Pujyasri Acharya Swamijis.
The schedule can be viewed here.