Lord Ayyappa Temple at Sabarimala has been opened on Monday afternoon for the four-day Onam festival that begins on Tuesday.

The rituals will begin with the Tantri, Kandararu Maheswararu, performing Ganapathi homom followed by Ushapuja on Tuesday morning.

The Melsanthi, N.Vishnu Namboodiri, will serve a sumptuous feast to the devotees as well as the staff on duty at the Sannidhanam immediately after the Utchapuja at the Ayyappa Temple on the Uthradom

day on Tuesday. The Melsanthi will also present Onakkodi (new clothes) to the devaswom staff as well as his assistants on the occasion.

Dr Manikantadas, a devotee from Changanacherry who has been offering the Onasadya at Sabarimala since the past several years will serve the feast at the holy hillock this time too after the Utchapuja on

Wednesday. The devaswom staff will serve a feast at the Sannidhanam on Friday.

A Sahasrakalasabhishekom will be performed at the Ayyappa shrine on the Thiruvonam day on Wednesday and a Kalabhabhishekom prior to the UTchapuja on Friday, according to Sabarimala Executive Officer, V.S.Jayakumar.

Padipuja, Udayasthamanpuja, Ashtabhishekom and Pushpabhishekom will be held at the Ayyappa Temple on all the four days. The temple will be closed after the Athazhapuja on Friday evening, marking the

culmination of this year’s Onam festival at the Sannidhanam.

Rituals at Sabarimala on Tuesday

Opening of sanctum sanctorum, 5 am.

Nirmalya darshan, 5.05 am,

Ganapati homam, 5.10 am,

Ashtabhishekom, 5.20 am,

Neyyabhishekom, 5.40 am to 11.30 am,

Ushapuja, 7.30 am,

Utchapuja, 12.15 Pm,

Closing of sanctum sanctorum, 1 pm,

Opening of sanctum sanctorum, 5 pm,

Deeparadhana, 6.30 pm,

Puspabhishekom, 7 pm,

Athazhapooja, 9.30 pm,

Harivarasanam,9.50 pm,

Closing of sanctorum, 10 pm.

More In: Kerala | National