The Travancore Devaswom Board has decided to conduct a provisional interview of Mr. Satheesan Namboodiri, an applicant who has moved the Kerala High Court seeking inclusion of his name too in the list of eligible candidates for the Sabarimala Melsanthi post.

According to the Devaswom Commissioner, P.V. Nalinakshan Nair, the board will conduct the provisional interview at 3 p.m. at the Devaswom Guest House at Pampa on October 16. The final list of nine priests for the draw of lots to select the new Sabarimala Melsanthi will be published later subject to the decision of the Court on the petition pending before it.

He said the selection of the new Melsanthi for Lord Ayyappa Temple as well as Malikappuram Devi Temple would be through a draw of lots to be held at the respective temple sopanam on Saturday morning.

The priests selected as the new Melsanthis at the Ayyappa Temple and Malikappuram Devi Temple through the draw of lots will assume charge for the next one year period on the first day in the Malayalam month of Vrischikom.

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