PATHANAMTHITTA: The five-day monthly rituals at Lord Ayyappa Temple at Sabarimala in the Malayalam month of Edavom began with the Asthadravya Ganapati homom followed by Ashtabhishekom on Saturday morning. Tantri Kandararu Maheswararu, assisted by Melsanthi G. Vishnu Namboodiri, performed the rituals.
A ‘laksharachana' by the Kottayam Brahmana Samooham will be performed at the Sannidhanam on Sunday. ‘Kalabhabhishekom' ritual will be performed at the temple before the ‘utchapuja' on Monday and a ‘sahasrakalasabhishekom' on May 19. ‘Udayasthamanapuja,' ‘padipuja' and ‘pushpabhishekom' are the other rituals at the Ayyappa Temple on all the five days. The temple will be closed after the Athazhapuja on May 19 evening.