Shasrakalasabhishekom and Kalabhabhishekom rituals were performed at Lord Ayyappa Temple at Sabarimala prior to the Utchapuja on Tuesday.

Tantri, Kandararu Maheswararu, assisted by Melsanthi. N.Vishnu Namboodiri, prepared the holy water for the auspicious ritual in 1000 small copper urns and the Brahmakalasom in the golden urn at the northern mandapam of the temple on Monday evening.

Special rituals were performed at the northern mandapam on Tuesday forenoon. The Brahmakalasom was taken out in a ceremonial procession, with the accompaniments of Marappani and other traditional temple percussion, to the sanctorum, later.

The ritual came to a close with the pouring of holy water in the Brahmakalasom over the Ayyappa idol prior to the Utchapuja.

Ashtabhishekom, Padipuja, Udayasthamanapuja and Pushapabhishekom were the other important rituals performed at the Ayyappa shrine on Tuesday. According to devaswom soruces, the two rituals will be performed at the Sannidhanam on Wednesday too.

The Ayyappa Temple will be closed with the Melsanthi singing the sacred lullaby, `Harivarasanam Viswamohanam…’, after the Athazhapuja later on Wednesday evening, marking the culmination of the five-day monthly rituals in the Malayalam month of Thulam.

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