The Kalabhabhishekom marking the culmination of the auspicious Neyyabhishekom ritual was performed at Sabarimala Ayyappa Temple on Thursday.
The Tantri, Kandararu Maheswararu, assisted by Melsanthi, N. Balamurali, prepared the Brahmakalasom for the auspicious Kalabhabishekom in the forenoon.
The Brahmakalasapuja was performed at the Eastern Mandapam of the temple prior to the Utchapuja.
The Brahmakalasom was taken out in a ceremonial procession, with the accompaniments of the sacred Marapani and other traditional temple prercussion. To the sanctum sanctorum, later.
The Tantri has performed the Kalabhabhishekom, pouring the sandal paste over the presiding deity, in an atmosphere charged with devotion.
The sandal paste offered to the deity was distributed among the devotees as prasadom, later.
Padipuja, Udayasthamanapuja and Pushpabhishekom were the other important rituals held at the Ayyappa Temple on Thursday.
As it being a custom and tradition, the representative from the Pandalam Palace, Hari Varma Raja, supervised the rituals performed at the Sannidhanam on Thursday.
The Guruti ritual at Malikappuram Devi Temple will be held after closing the Ayyappa Temple following the Athazhapuja on Friday evening.
The ritualistic Guruti is to propitiate the cohorts (bhoothagana) of Lord Ayyappa.
The rush of devotees visiting Sabarimala from the neighbouring States, especially Tamil Nadu after the Pongal festival, continued on Thursday.
Queue of pilgrims waiting for holy darshan at the Ayyappa shrine was extended even upto Saramkuthi path in the forenoon.