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Keeping with tradition: The ‘Ashtamangalya Devaprasnam’ in progress at the Guruvayur Srikrishna Temple on Wednesday.
Keeping with tradition: The ‘Ashtamangalya Devaprasnam’ in progress at the Guruvayur Srikrishna Temple on Wednesday.

Staff Reporter

Ritual being held after a gap of 17 years

Guruvayur: ‘Ashtamangalya Devaprasnam,’ an astrological ritual to ascertain ‘divine impressions’ about matters related to temple and faith, began at the Guruvayur Srikrishna Temple on Wednesday.

The Guruvayur Devaswom is holding a Devaprasnam after a gap of 17 years. ‘Prasna Puja’ began around 11 a.m. at the Thekke Vathil Madom. Thanthri Satheesan Namboodiri performed ‘Rashi Puja.’

Addressing a press conference in the evening, Irinjalakuda Padmanabha Sarma, head of the team of astrologers, said the ‘Devaprasnam’ revealed the displeasure of the deity.

“The deity is sorely upset. Lapses in rituals and problems related to temple rules may be the reason. People associated with the temple do not see eye to eye and use inappropriate language. The temple has witnessed loss of wealth. The shrine faces a few minor problems, but nothing has affected its glory. The goddess is also upset. The date chosen for ‘Devaprasnam’ is apt. We have recommended various ‘archanas’ for the main deity of the temple,” said Mr. Sarma.

Asked about the duration of the ‘Devaprasnam,’ he said it was not immediately known. The last ‘Devaprasnam,’ in 1990, lasted for 14 days.

Other astrologers in the team included Paravur Sreedharan Namboodiri, Cherod Narayana Panicker, Areekulangara Soman Panicker, Manapuzha Raman Namboodiri, Koottanad Ravunni Panicker, Raghavan Nair, Jayaraj Panicker and Prashant Menon.

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