ATHIRATHRAM (Agni): Athirathram is considered as the biggest Somayaagam performed in Kerala as other bigger Somayaagams are not usually performed by a Namboothiri. It is a 12 day ritual. Only those who have performed Agnishtomam ( click here to know more about its Detailed Programme ) is eligible to perform this somayaagam.
Any person, attending this performance, is supposed to know how it is performed. Those who intend to attend this Somayaagam are adviced to keep a copy of this article. Only very important points are included in this article.
This 12 day ritual has its first 3 days meant for Deekshaahassu, and then 6 days of Upassaddinangal. The remaining 3 days are meant for the most important part of Athiraathram, namely, the Suthyam. Each layer of the altar is constructed daily and thus the five-layer altar will consume as many days commencing Day-4 (to day-8). The altar consecration is done on day-9. Suthyam days would commence in the evening of the 10thday which will continue till the end of the Athiraathram, uninterrupted.