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Monthwise Religious festivals in Parshuram Devasthan

• Gudhipadava : On the first day of the Marathi month of chaitra ‘Gudhi’ is decorated which is the symbol of peace and celebration, the day is celebrated as the first day of Hindu new year. On this day the ‘Mahapooja’ of Lord Parshuram is performed in the temple. The idol of Lord Shriram is brought in lord Parshuram temple by villagers. The Aarti is performed by devotees and villagers. All the devotee’s are offered Prasad on behalf of Parshuram temple trust. For next 9 days the idol of lord Shriram is kept in the temple where daily pooja and aarti is performed by the villagers and devotee’s.
• Harinaam Saptah : On behalf of pilgrims and Shri kolge Maharaj Sant Family Traditional Chaitra Harinaam Saptah where continuous harinaam chanting and Dnyaneshwari recitation is performed from 2nd day of chaitra upto 8th day of chaitra.
• Ramnavami : Among 10 incarnations of Lord Vishnu 7th incarnation is Lord Shriram. The Birth Anniversary of Lord Shriram is celebrated by villagers and devotees with great belief and devotion. On this day ‘Dashavatar’ the play is performed in Parshuram temple in which dramatically four incarnations of lord Vishnu namely Matsya, Kurma, Varaaha and Narsinha are enacted. This play is written by the local villagers of about 100 years ago and also is performed as a play since. The Play consist of Dialogs, Traditional folk Songs called Saki’s and Dindi’s by villagers. This musical drama is accompanied by traditional musical instruments Tabla, Harmonium, Cymbals, Attractive Drapery and historical guise. For this traditional drama many people from nearby villagse, devotee’s and villagers come with a great devotion and belief.
• Hanuman Jayanti : The birth Anniversary of lord Hanuman is celebrated on the day of full moon day of Marathi month of Chaitra. This day is celebrated by the temple trust, villagers and devotees by singing Aarti’s spiritually. All the devotee’s are offered Prasad after all this celebration ceremony on behalf of temple trust. 

• Akshay Trutiya : on the day of Vaishakh Trutiya Lord Parshurama’s Birth Anniversary (Parshuram Jayanti ) is celebrated with great devotion. This festival is one of the biggest festivals of Konkan. The festival is celebrated for 3 days starting from Marathi month Vaishakh Pratipada upto Vaishakh Trutiya. in hindu religion there is importance for the three and half Muhurta’s, Akshay trutiya of Lord parshuram Jayanti is one of them.All the three days A Mahapooja with holy water is performed on Lord Parshuram. On the third day of Vaishakh in the evening lord parshurama’s Birth Celebration is performed. The elegant/Famous preachers presents the life tale of lord parshuram through preaching and singing hymns . temple premises are traditionally decorated. The whole premises gets lightened up only with oil lamps during the birth time of lord parshuram. The devotees from Shrungeri Math, Pune offer Prasad “Laddu” to all the devotees, Pilgrims, local villagers coming for this occasion.during this festival days regularly musical programs, Bhajans, Aarti’s are performed. Villager, devotee’s circumambulate the temple for five times singing Aarti’s, Hymns, Bhajans ritually on the Birth day of lord parshuram. On the next day Vaishakh Chaturthi 4th day of Vaishakh, a Play is presented by Villagers to entertain all the devotees, Pilgrims and local people.Nearly 2-3 thousand people attend this function yearly to experience each andevery moment of this festival.

• Jeshtha Pournima Is called as Vat Pournima. On this occasion all Married Women in the region perform Pooja of Banyan Tree by circulation it for 7 times and offering it Different types of fruits, dryfruits, etc. after completing the Banyan tree pooja all the womens and their family come in Goddess RenukaMata Temple( Mother of Lord Parshuram) to Worship her. On the behalf of Trust a function calledHaldi-Kumkum is arranged for all the women coming to worship in Goddess Renuka Mata Temple.

• Aashadhi ekadashi : Marathi month Aashadh’s 11th day means Ekadashi is celebrated as “Aashadhi ekadashi“ by all the priests, saints and all the people in whole Maharashtra. On this occasion people, saints in nearby villages Gather in Lord Parshurama’s temple for Darshan. It is Believed that Lord Pandurang(Vitthal) comes in parshuram temple on this day to meet lord Parshuram that’s why this day has a religious importance. On behalf of trust all the devotees coming here are offered with a special fasting Prasad. Nearly 8-10 thousand people visit the temple on this day.

• The death anniversary of the great sage Brahmendra Swami is performed in lord parshuram temple. Sage Brahmendra swami was the great devotee of lord parshuram nearly 300 years before he constructed the present lord parshurama’s temple here. On this occasion lord Parshurama’s Maha Pooja and Sage Brahmendra Swami’s Pooja is performed.
• Pavitraropan : On this day Lord Parshurama’s holy threads are changed ritually. The Great Pooja is performed on the lord. Lord is decorated with ornaments, flowers and new clothes. This is the only day on which the temple is kept open for whole day and night. The Local villagers send their whole night here by singing Bhajan’s, aarti’s and hymns. The next day Havan is performed to make the place sacred.
• ShriKrishna Janmashtami : on this day lord Shrikrishna birth anniversary “Janmashtami’ is celebrated traditionally with great devotion. The local villagers perform “Dandiya Raas” locally called as “Tiparya” in the temple accompanied by traditional music and folk Songs written by the locals to entertain the people. At the midnight approximatelt 12.00 o clock lord shrikrishna’s Birth is celebrated by singing Aarti’s and hymns. The next day morning Dahi Handi is celebrated by the local villagers. Trust arranges the Dahi handi which is broken by local villagers traditionally and happily.  

• Ganesh Festival : On the fouth day of Marathi month Bhadrapad i.e.Chaturthi (Ganesh Festival)people bring idol of Lord Ganesh in their house. On behalf of trust also the Idol of Lord Ganesh is brought in the temple and traditionally pooja is performed every day. Lord Siddhivinayak(Ganesh) temple is situated in Lord Parshuram temple premises where everyday Mahapooja of lord Ganesh is performed. The idol of Lord Ganesh here is ofabout 300 years old. The people here believe that lord Siddhivinayak fulfills all their desires.

• Navratri Festival : The first 9 days of Marathi month Ashwin are celebrated as Navratri Festival in Goddess Renukamata Temple. The Mahapooja of Goddess Renukamata is performed on this day. Also the traditional ritual of Ghatasthapana is also performed on the first day of this festival. Goddess is decorated with Ornaments, Flowers, Garlands and new Saari’s every day. The native women sing Aarti’s, Bhajan’s every day evening for all nine days. Goddess is Guised with nine colourful Saree’s for nine days. On the 8th day of this festival Goddess Mahalaxmi is worshipped devotionally. Many devotees from nearby Villages visit this temple for darshan every year.
• Dashehara : Ashwin Dashmi OR Vijaya dashmi OR Dashehara (Dasara) is celebrated traditionally by the local people. On this day the Palanquin of Lord Parshuram is taken to the nearby village by the local people accompanied by Traditional Music for “Simolanghan” where Aapta Tree leaves which are believed to golden leaves on this day are looted by the locals as a riligious ritual and is believed to be the symbol of wealth. After this ceremony in the nearby village the the palanquin of lord parshuram is brought in the Parshuram Temple traditionally. On the way to temple all the villagers perform pooja of the Lord. On this occasion all the villagers gather together in the temple and offer the Aapta leaves supposing as gold leaves to Lord and each other with happiness and celebration.
• Kojagiri Pournima : The full moon night of the Marathi month of Ashwin is called as Kojagiri Pournima. On this occasion the Brahmins perform rituals and chant Stotra’s (Mantra Pushpanjali) at night. The Lord Parshuram, devotee’s and Bhramins are offered coagulated milk in the form of Prasad on behalf of trust.this is a traditional way of celebrating Kojagiri Pournima.
• Deepawali : Deepawali is also known as the festival of lights. This festival is celebrated with great enthusiasm in whole India. On this occasion whole Temple and premises including Deep stambh is decorated with oil lamps( Panti’s). Goddess Laxmi is worshiped devotionally. All the devotees visiting temple in this festival are offered with special Diwali Prasad. Some days After Diwali Goddess Tulshi Marriage ceremony with Lord Gopalkrishna is celebrated devotionally. A marriage ceremony with traditional rituals is performed in the temple premises where Goddess Tulshi Vrindavan is Situated. After the Marriage all the devotees who attended this marriage are offered Prasad on behalf of trust. 

• Kartiki Ekadashi : On this occasion people, Saints, Priests and Sages from nearby villages gather in Parshuram Temple for worshiping the great lord. Nearly 4-5 thousand people visit the temple for Darshan. All the devotees are offered special Fasting Prasad on this day on behalf of Trust. Near Lord Parshuram temple there is Lord vitthal temple where local villagers celebrate this festival traditionally for 3 days. Every night elegant Preacher presents stories of Lord Vitthal in the preaching way(Kirtan) with help of Hymns and Shloka’s. preaching is accompanied by Traditional musical instruments (Harmonium and Tabla). On the Third day all the devotees, Villagers are offered with mahaprasad on behalf of the villagers.

• The 150 years of Tradition named Saint’s ekadashi (Santali Ekadashi) is celebrated by the local villagers accompanied by the nearby villagers. The 7 days continous chanting of Harinaam is carried out by the “Konkan Dindi Samaj” in the remembrance of their great saint Rajeshirke Maharaj. Their Family is coming here for this function from last 150 years traditionally. On theEkadashi day all the pilgrims, Devotees are offered Fasting Prasad on behalf of trust.

• Makarsankranta : On this occasion women from the village arrange the function of Haldi-Kumkum for all the women’s coming in temple. The traditional Til-Gul (Combination of Sesame and Jaggery) is offered to all as a Prasad on this day. Especially this festival is celebrated by the locals with Great enthusiasm. Women perform a pooja of a clay pot filling it with Sugarcane pieces, Chanas, Tilgul, Groundnuts, Jujube, etc. this festival comes in the winter season when this ingredients are essential for us which have more calories while sesame is a lubricant and Jaggery is full of Iron. Both are good for health. On this occasion everyone offers each other with Tilgul to forget all misbehavior and assuring affectionate behavior from all.

• Foot Pilgrimage : On the day of Maagh Ekadashi the people and pilgrims from Konkan Dindi Samaj accompanied by local villagers go on foot pilgrimage from Lord Parshuram Temple to Pandharpur in Lord Vitthal temple the sacred slippers(Paduka) of Lord Parshuram are taken through the Palanquin by the pilgrims in the traditional way.the pilgrimage ends on the day of Ekadashi in Pandharpur and the Palanquin is brought back to Lord Parshuram temple with great respect.
• Same as Konkan Dindi samaj people, Devotee and Priest Mr. Pawar from Nearby Village carries Sacred Slippers(Paduka) of Goddess Renuka Mata to Saundatti in Karnataka a holy place where Goddess Renukamata (Yallamma) Temple is situated.
• Maaghi Ganesh Jayanti : On this day Lord Siddhivinayaka’s Great pooja is performed in the temple. Before 300 years Sage Brahmendra Swami Built the Lord Parshuram Temple and installed the Idols of Lord Parshuram on this day. That’s why this day has a historic and Traditional Importance. A havan is Also carried out on this day named as Ganesh Yaag.
• Mahashivratri : On this pious day of Mahashivratri, more than 40 thousand people visit Lord Parshuram Temple for Darshan and offerings. The Mahapooja is performed on sacred idols of Lord Parshuram and is decorated with ornaments and flowers/Garlands. All the people visiting parshuram temple are offered with Special fasting Prasad on this day between morning 11.00 to afternoon 3.00 noon. There is a big Fair outside the temple for the people coming to visit here. At night 5 circumambulations accompanied by bhajan’s, Aarti’s and Traditional music with Palanquin of Lord Parshuram is carried out by local villagers and devotees. 

• Holi Pournima : The full moon day in the Marathi month of Phalgun is called as Holi Pournima. It is celebrated in a traditional way. In konkan region The Holi festival called as Shimga has a great respect. Many native people living abroad come home for this festival yearly. Lord Parshurama’s Holi has a great respect in the nearby villages. Only after lighting the holi here all other holi’s are lightened even in nearby villages. On the next day the village Deity iscarriedin a palanquin from house to house and is worshiped devotionally. The Deity Palanquin is decorated and is accompanied by the drums, Flags, Traditional Umbrella’s, etc.

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