Poorana Brahmam Temple Activities

Daily Schedule

Morning (5:00 – 7:00 am)

  • Recital of Suprabhatam (Auspicious dawn)
  • Nithya Homam (Daily fire ceremony)
  • Offering of Prasadam
  • Harathi

The temple is kept open throughout the day for the benefit of devotees.

Evening (8:00 – 11:00 pm)

  • Lalitha Sahasranama recital (Friday)
  • Singing of bhajans
  • Pallaku (Palanquin) seva (taking the Utsavar form of the idol in a procession around the temple), and Silver Chariot seva with the chanting of vedas and bhajans
  • Question and answer session where Baba answers questions of devotees
  • Harathi

Harathi songs are sung in praise of Mahaans and various divine forms. Kurai Onrum Illai (There are no regrets!) is sung to signify thankfulness to God followed by the final song — Om Jai Siva Shankarare.

Alankarams (Decoration)
The idol is adorned in silk garments and multi-hued fragrant garlands every day. The idol is adorned with Copper, Gold and Silver Alankarams on various days of the week.

Special Programmes
During the month of Margazhi (Mid-Dec – Mid-Jan), Nagara Sankeerthanam (devotees weave a procession around Sree Ramarajya singing the glories of the Lord) takes place every day during the early morning hours. In addition to the daily Suprabhatam, Tiruppavai and Tiruvempavai are recited.

Saturday Thaligai (Feast)

Every Saturday, Thaligai is offered to the Lord. Saturday Thaligai is always celebrated with pomp and gaiety at the temple.

The proceedings start with Abishekam of the idol. Oil is first applied to the idol which is then followed by Abishekam powder, milk, honey, curd, coconut water, sandal paste and rose water. Twelve varieties of food is prepared and offered to the Lord. Baba addresses the devotees and performs Harathi to the Lord. All 12 varieties of Prasadam (food offered to the Lord) are distributed to the devotees free of cost.

Pournami (Full Moon Day)

Each Pournami is observed with bountiful prayers offered on a very grand scale as the full moon plays a prime role in the working of the human mind.

Devotees throng the temple on this day and the place buzzes with activity. A Maha Yagam is performed by invoking a divine form for every Pournami. Towards the conclusion of the Yagam, the Pooranahuthi basket is passed around for Sankalpa. Baba circumambulates the Yaga Salai thrice and then offers the Pooranahuthi to Agni (Fire Lord). After Baba’s address to the devotees, Abishekam is performed to the idol beginning with Kalasa water.

In the evening, Sathyanarayana Pooja is performed. It is considered auspicious to perform this Pooja on Pournami. All necessary items for participating in the Pooja are given free of cost to the devotees. Bhajans, devotional music, and other cultural programs are conducted. Baba’s address to the audience is followed by the Palanquin, Silver Chariot Seva around the temple Sanctum. The evening concludes with Harathi celebrations.

There is absolutely no cost for participating in the Maha Yagam and the Sathyanarayana Pooja. All pooja items for the Sathyanarayana Pooja are offered free of charge. Free Prasadam is offered throughout the day.

Festivals

Throughout the year, festivals are celebrated with zeal and enthusiasm at the temple. New Year’s Day (also known as Kudumba Vizha – Family Festival) is a get together of devotees from various parts of the globe to welcome the New Year and seek His blessings. Various cultural activities are conducted throughout the day.

On Makara Jyothi day, devotees perform a Paadha Yatra from the Murugan temple at Tiruporur to the Poorana Brahmam temple where the Makara Jyothi celebrations are held. The Jyothi (Flame) is sighted at the time when it is sighted at the Sabari Malai temple in Kerala. People from all walks of life irrespective of creed, gender, and religion participate. The Paadha Yatra has been an overwhelming success for the simple reason that there is no condition at all to participate. Everyone is free to participate in the Yatra.

Siva Shankar Baba’s Birthday which falls on January 28, is celebrated with cultural programmes, cake cutting, Baba’s speech, and special Harathi.

Maha Sivarathri is celebrated with six poojas throughout the night. Poojas for Ganesha, Muruga, Ayyappa, Ambal, Perumal, and Siva are performed by Baba from dusk on Sivarathri to the following dawn.

Nine nights of festivities culminating with Saraswati pooja and Vijayadasami mark the Navarathri celebrations at the temple. The Poorana Brahmam Perumal is artistically decorated with different alankarams of Durga on each of the nine nights. Human Golu, dance, drama and other cultural activities are conducted every evening.

Skanda Sashti, which commemorates the destruction of evil by the Supreme General Karthikeya (Son of Siva) is celebrated over six days. Various Yagams are conducted over the six days and the festival concludes with a dramatic enactment of Soora Samharam on the final day.

Other festive occasions such as Rama Navami, Krishna Jayanthi, Vinayaka Chathurthi, Deepavali, Karthigai, Hanumath Jayanthi, Tamil New Year, Vishu, birth anniversaries of Mahaans like Paramacharia, Sai Baba, Raghavendra Swami, Muhammad Nabi, etc. are replete with celebrations.

Religions are just different paths to reach the same God! Love is the only factor that can bind people all over the world. On this basis, festivals of all religions are celebrated in Samratchana.