THE PRAYER SERVICES
There are several kinds of poojas performed to the deities, from early
dawn to late in the night, and they are offered in strict accordance with the Kumara
Tantra. They begin with Viswaroopam at 5.30 A.M. followed by Udayamarthandam at 6 A.M.
Between 8 A.M and 12.30 PM., the regular poojas, like Modal Kala Sandhi, Sirukala
Sandhi, Peria Kala Sandhi and Uchaikala Pooja are offered, and after that the doors are
closed. In the evening they are opened at 5 PM with Sayaratchi puja and closed by 9.35 PM. with
Though this routine is followed
everyday, the month of Margazhi brings some alterations in timings to accommodate specials, when
Nityapuja begins at 3 A.M. and ends at 8.30 PM. Another interesting feature observed here is that all the
poojas are offered both to Siva and Shanmuga alternately. There is one more pooja
called Rahasya Deeparadhana which is made to Lord Shanmuga behind curtain first
and then to Subrahmanya, for the prevalent belief that Subrahmanya gives his Atmasakti to Shanmuga.