Annual Celebration of the “Pratyangira Yogeshwari Bhagavati Temple” was held on Saturday and Sunday (22nd and 23rd January 2011). Festive activities were started on Saturday morning with special worship of the goddess. Temple was elegantly decorated with flowers and oil lamps were burning in front of every deity in the temple as well as in the “Deepastambha”. Temple was looking beautiful and lot of people were gathered to get the blessings of the goddess “Pratyangira Bhagavati”.
The deities worshipped at this temple are Pratyangira Bhagavati, Kuttichathan, Agoramoorthy, Naga Kali, Smashan Kali, and Gulikan. Brahmarakshas is also worshipped at this temple as kshetrapala. During the annual celebration of this temple, “Kola” and “Thira/Theyyam” are played as part of the festival.
As the festival starts in the evening a ritual called “Kola or Vellattam” is performed and musical instruments called “Chande” are played. According to Hindu mythology “Chande” is a musical instrument that is used to declare the war and various gods very much like this instrument. During “Kola”, a person is dressed colorfully particular to one god and starts dancing. It is believed that god will enter into the person’s body during “Vellattam” and god himself will be dancing. This continuous whole night until the next day morning. End of the festival, a pooja called “Guruthi pooja” is performed and during which sacrifice of animals is done (sheep and cock).
Lot of people from nearby villages and town as well as devotees from places such as Mysore and Bangalore also visit this celebration and get the blessings of the goddess. Since this temple is situated around 20 KM away from Mysore in a village area during the night time it looks beautiful. End of this celebration prasadam is distributed to all devotees.
Below is the picture of the temple in the night.
Pratyangira Yogeshwari Bhagavati Temple
Shettinayakanahalli, Beerihundi Post
Gaddige Road, Mysore – 26
Phone: 9880546818 – 9342123976