In Mannarasala Sree Nagaraja Temple, Haripad all the poojas were performed by a brahmin women who is called as Mannarasala Amma. Here the celebrations, beliefs are different when compared to other temples.
Puranas says that Muthassan had given some rights and directions to his mother before left for celler. He asked her mother that she should offer the worship to him. In some occasions men are given a opportunity to worship Muthassan. After his mother passes away the next senior Brahmin woman within the household can have the position of his Mother. The Brahmin woman should live as a brahmacharini by doing panance. It is believed that who offer prayers heart fully and with devotion will have children’s, diseases will be cured and will have a wealthy and healthy long life. The men of the family will be called ‘Vasukisridevi”. He reminded that the rituals and customs suggested by Parasurama are inviolable.
Mannarasala’s heart and soul is Valia Amma. The glorious brightness of Valia Amma who has turned an iconic symbol of the naga deities by fasting and different donations has not dimmed within the least by now on account of the efficiency of rituals and poojas. The Pilgrims can not go away Mannarasala with out seeing the lovely divine glow with their very own eyes and satisfied feeling. The sight of devoted devotees, who come right here to seek the blessings of Nagaraja, waiting for lengthy to see the glint of the eyes of the great mom, so serene and compassionate and full of blessings, continues even at this time. That holy lamp sheds sensible gentle on the temple and the atmosphere, and endows it with heavenly glory. It has been the presence of and the contact with, the Mother, who has assumed a divine form and reached the heights of spirituality, that has been the only source of prosperity for the family members as for the devotees.
Valia Amma’s Pooja Decoration
Every day Valia Amma performs pooja with a different and Special Pattern, She performs pooja inside the sanctum sanctorum on special days like
On the first day of every month, According to Malayalam Calendar.
On the day of Pooyam star every month, According to Malayalam Calendar.
From the beginning of Magha to the end of Sivaratri.
Thiruvonam in the month of Chingam.
From the 1st to the `12th of Karkitakam.
Twelve days before Ayilyam in Kanni and Tulam.
Valia Amma Samadhi:
When Valia Amma dies the cremation ceremony was very different to the other family members. Amma’s dead body was kept in the four chambered house.
The ‘Samadhi’ will be in the southern hall of the four-chambered house. The cremation ceremony of Valia Amma will be held in a particular place in between temple and the House. Only milk and fruit’s are offered in the temple on these days. The doors will be closed immediately after offering nivedyam to the main deity, the doors will be opened the next day only. This process will be repeated for three days.
Former Valia Amma
On 24th October 1993 at the age of 91 the brahmacharini Valia Amma passed away. Savitri Antharjanam, was born on Anizham Star in the Month of Tulam 1079, and her wedding was on 18th of Chingam 1092. She assumed the position of Valia Amma on 28th Tulam 1093 and started Nagaraja pooja on 23rd Makaram 1094. Satabhishekam Celebrations for completing 80 years celebrated with great ritual and splendor manner on 4th November 1986. When she attained Samadhi, many leaders and important personalities came from different places to pay homage to Mannarasala.
Present Valia Amma
Uma Devi Antharjanam is the present Valia Amma, on 24th October 1993 she was became Valia Amma at the age of 64. She is the wife of the late Shri. M.G.Narayanan Namboothiri.