Devayātrotsava

From Hindupedia, the Hindu Encyclopedia

By Swami Harshananda

Sometimes transliterated as: Devayatrotsava, DevayAtrotsava, Devayaatrotsava


Devayātrotsava literally means ‘temple festivals of gods’.

Each temple conducts its own special celebrations to commemorate the consecration of their deities. Such celebrations are called ‘yātrā’ or ‘utsava’ or ‘yātrotsava’. The day this is celebrated is determined based on some some general rules regarding the auspicious days. The following table outlines the days that are generally considered to be auspicious based on the diety whose consecration is being commemorated:

Deity Day Description
All gods Purṇimā Full-moon day
Durgā Navamī Ninth day after full-moon or new-moon day
Lakṣmī Pañcami Fifth day after full-moon or new-moon day
Śiva Aṣṭamī or Caturdaśī Eighth day after full-moon or new-moon day or Fourteenth day after full-moon or new-moon day
Skanda(Saṇmukha) Saṣṭhī Sixth day after Full-moon or new-moon day
Vināyaka(Gaṇapati) Caturthī Fourth day after Full-moon or new-moon day

Local customs can differ and other days may be chosen for the temple festivals.

Reference

  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore