Sri Sringeri Sharadamba Swarna Shikhara Kumbhabhisheka
Jagadguru Shankaracharya Sri Sri Bharati Tirtha Mahasannidhanam and Jagadguru Shankaracharya Sri Sri Vidhushekhara Bharati Sannidhanam of the Dakshinamnaya Sri Sharada Peetham, Sringeri performed the Swarna Gopura Kumbhabhisheka at Goddess Sharadamba temple in Sringeri on February 1, 2017 – the auspicious Lalita Panchami day.
At around 9 am on the morning of February 1, 2017, Sri Mahasannidhanam first performed Abhisheka to Goddess Sharadamba inside the temple with 108 Kalashas (containing holy water and mangala-dravyas sanctified with divine Mantras) and offered Archana, Mahamangala Arati and Shodasha Upacharas. Many divine Mantras and hymns such as the Saraswati Sukta, Medha Sukta, Durga Sukta, Sri Sukta and Lalita Sahasranama were chanted. Thereafter Sri Mahasannidhanam and Sri Sannidhanam performed the Swarna Shikhara Kumbhabhisheka above the Garbha Griha (sanctum sanctorum) of the temple. The Abishekha waters used in the occasion included those from various holy rivers such as Ganga, Tunga, Narmada, Godavari, Cauvery, Krishna etc.
In His Anugraha Bhashanam from atop the Shikhara, Sri Mahasannidhanam stated that His Paramaguru, Jagadguru Sri Chandrashekhara Bharati Mahaswamiji had consecrated the Goddess in the present granite temple structure a hundred years ago in 1916. Sri Mahasannidhanam further said that by the Grace of Goddess Sharadamba and His Guru (Jagadguru Sri Abhinava Vidyatirtha Mahaswamiji), the Centenary of the temple structure was being celebrated by performing the Kumbhabhisheka and dedicating the Swarna Shikhara to the Goddess. Sri Mahasannidhanam conveyed His Blessings to the tens of thousands of devotees assembled on the occasion. Immediately afterwards, Sri Sannidhanam performed a special Puja to Goddess Sharadamba as part of the holy occasion of Lalita Panchami.
Earlier the rituals connected with the Kumbhabhisheka had commenced on January 28, 2017. The following day, Laksha Modaka Ganapati Homa was performed. As part of the Celebrations, a number of religious events are being conducted for the welfare of all mankind and the prosperity of our nation. These include the Ati Rudra Mahayaga (January 30 to February 10), Kotikumkumacharna (February 2 to February 12), Sahasrachandi Mahayaga (February 5 to February 9), and Parayanas such as those of the four Vedas, Prasthana Traya Bhashyas (commentaries) of Sri Adi Shankaracharya, Devi Bhagavatam, Lalitopakhyana, and Sapta Shati.
During the Celebrations, concerts are being held in front of the temple of Goddess Sharadamba by well acclaimed artistes. Devotees from all parts of the country and abroad are thronging Sringeri during this Kumbhabhisheka Celebrations, that are being held for 17 days (January 28 – February 13). The event will culminate in the Sharadamba Maharathotsava on February 13, 2017.