The five-day monthly ritual at Lord Ayyappa Temple in Sabarimala in the Malayalam month of Thulam came to a close with the auspicious Padipuja followed by Athazhapuja on Wednesday.

The Tantri, Kandararu Maheswararu, assisted by the Melsanthi, N. Vishnu Namboodiri, performed a Sahasrakalasabhishekom and Kalabhabhishekom at the Ayyappa shrine prior to the Utchapuja, earlier.

Ashtabhishekom, Pushpabhishekom and Udayasthamanapuja were the other important rituals performed at the Ayyappa shrine on Wednesday.

The temple was closed with the Melsanthi singing the sacred lullaby, ‘Harivarasanam, Viswamohanom’, after the Athazhapuja, later, in the evening.

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