Devayātrotsava

From Hindupedia, the Hindu Encyclopedia

By Swami Harshananda

Sometimes transliterated as: Devayatrotsava, DevayAtrotsava, Devayaatrotsava


Devayātrotsava literally means ‘temple festivals of gods’.

Ever since the elaborate rituals to consecrated images in temples became an established tradition, each temple also started having its own special celebrations. Such celebrations are called ‘yātrā’ or ‘utsava’ or ‘yātrotsava’.There are some general rules guiding such festivals, especially regarding the auspicious days on which they should be done. The following table gives an idea of the same:

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


Of course, local customs can differ and other days may be chosen for the temple festivals.