- The Navaratri is celebrated in Vadakkencherry village. The festivities extend to a total duration of 12 days, which includes the Dasami (10th Day) and the Ekadasi (11th Day), with festivities peaking on Ekadasi day in a grand celebration. The Navaratri starts with the hoisting of the celebratory flag of the deity on the Kodimaram (flag staff) to indicate the start of festivities. During the first 10 days, a caparisoned elephant carrying the image of the village's presiding deity Lakshminarayana Perumal comes in a procession visiting the entire village. Nivediam is offered to the Lord by every house in the village. The Alwar (Vaishnavite priest), who specifically makes it to the Vadakkencherry from Tanjore a.k.a. Thanjavur from where he hails and who is part of the procession, performs the Nivediam ritual. The procession is accompanied by a small group of traditional music players playing the Chenda and accompaniments. The procession is performed twice in a day, once in the morning and once more in the evening.
- Each of the 9 days of the Navaratri festival, as well as the 10th day, is owned by a set of houses within the village. This age-old tradition ensures participation from the village residents while at the same time keeps the bonhomie and the societal obligations going year after year. The day is ended with distribution of the prasadam, a sweet delicacy made of pulses. While this is the default and compulsory sweet delicacy, prepared by the families who carry the responsibility of owning the day, many families also add to this default delicacy with other sweet dishes as well. Post the evening procession, some traditional musical renderings are also organized. This, though, is not a compulsory requirement and is again sponsored by individual families based on their will and wish.
- The Ekadasi day is the grandest of the festival days and is called 'Ekadasi Velakku'. The celebrations start in the morning. The Thadambu is hoisted onto a caparisoned elephant. This elephant is joined by two other caparisoned elephants on either side. Usually, the grandest of the 3 elephants is chosen to carry the Thadambu. The Nadaswaram accompanies the hoisting of the Thadambu. Once hoisted, the Panchavadhyam takes over as the Deva Vadhyam. A full company of Panchavadhyam players are used here. After playing the initial round inside the temple main hall, the procession meanders along the main village road, occasionally stopping at various points along the route and entertaining the onlookers. The Nagasahayam and the Devi (Mariamma) temple are also visited and on the return route reaches the Vinayaka temple. The Nivediam is performed at all the houses enroute just like the earlier 10 days. The Panchavadhyam finale is played at the hall in the Vinayaka temple, ending with a Kalasham. The ending of the Panchavadhyam acts as a signal to the Chenda players to start their performance. The Chenda melam is initially played in the Pandi melam style, which is an Asura Vadhyam style of playing. The procession returns back to the Lakshminarayana Perumal temple. Once the procession reaches the temple main hall, the Chenda players transition the music into the Panchari Melam style. The finale is played in the main hall and the procession comes to a close with the Thadambu being brought down from the caparisoned elephant.
- The procession and the music, along with the Neivadiam is repeated in the late afternoon. This return path of the procession originally had the Para offerings being made to the Lord. In recent years, this has been moved to the main hall at the Lakshminarayana Perumal temple for convenience and time management reasons. The Para offerings involve filling up Para with rice grain, money, bananas, jaggery and other such standard offerings, and emptying the contents in front of the Lord on the elephant as an offering to the presiding deity, who, it is believed, is coming in a procession to get a first-hand view of the prosperity of His subjects.
- The same procession and the music, is repeated approximately a couple of hours post midnight for a third procession. This, though, is completed quickly and the Panchari melam finale is played at the Lakshminarayana Perumal temple main hall. Amidst vedic chanting, the Thadambu of the Lord is brought down and the temple opens for the day.
- The 12th day has a short ritual with the idol of the Lord taken for a traditional bath. The hurried procession happens on an elephant, minus any decorations, the idols being held by the temple priest on the shoulders of the elephant. All the village subjects mix turmeric with water in containers and splash the mix onto the idols which is taken to the pond in nearby Tiruvara. Once taken back to the Lakshminarayana Perumal temple a special Thadambu of the Lord is hoisted onto the shoulders of a caparisoned elephant and a procession of the village is done again. Once the procession is completed, the idol of the Lord in the Lakshminarayana Perumal temple is bathed with sandalwood paste, the process called Kalabham. Food is prepared for a feast for the village and this food is first offered to the Lord as a Nivediam, post which the feast opens up for the village members. The flag mast being brought down signifies the end of the festival and is performed before the start of the feast.