The reward given to priests for performing pooja or
sradham is known as Dakshina. On birthdays
the temple priests are also given dakshina. Betel
wine (3 Nos), areca nut and coins are usually used to pay
the dakshina. Cloth, flower and garland are also
given. The practice of giving dakshina to the Gurus
and Asans (teachers) were also there.
The function held in temples during dusk. The priest
offers prayers to the diety with a large number of wicks in
a thalam. The bells are sounded continuously. It is
considered to be an auspicious act to pray during deeparadhana
time. At Thiruvarpu temple deeparadhana is conducted
after Athazha pooja whereas in all other temples it
is done before Athazha pooja.
The practice of taking temple idol on the top of elephant
around a locality at the time of temple festival is known
Dwadashi is the next day of the Ekadashy.
The Ekadashy vrutha (penance) ends on the Dwadashi