SABARIMALA: A temporary check-dam erected with sand bags at Pengattu Kadavu, in Kallar, a tributary of the Pampa, near Vadasserikkara, was washed away in the heavy rain on Tuesday night, posing a hurdle to the passage of the Thiruvabharanam procession to Sabarimala on Wednesday morning.
The heavy inflow from the nearby canal led to strong currents in the Kallar, resulting in the caving-in of its banks.
However, the procession carrying the jewellery boxes, accompanied by the royal representative of Pandalam Palace, crossed the river braving the strong currents at 7.30 a.m. Akhila Bharatha Ayyappa Seva Sanghom volunteers, led by its Ranni unit president V.K. Rajagopal, partially reconstructed the check-dam, ensuring safe passage of the procession.
The entourage carried the sacred ornaments in a ferry boat across the Pampa at Peroorchal, near Vadasserikkara, as the water level in the river had risen following incessant rain.
The Thiruvabharanam procession will reach Sabarimala Sannidhanam at 6 p.m. on Thursday.