Radhakrishnan Kuttoor

Erumely ‘petta thullal’ on January 11

Thiruvabharanam procession begins on January 12

Makaravilakku is on January 14

SABARIMALA: Lord Ayyappa Temple at Sabarimala was reopened on Wednesday for the annual Makaravilakku festival.

Melsanthi G. Vishnu Namboodiri opened the sanctum sanctorum at 5.30 p.m. in the presence of Tantri Kandararu Maheswararu, Devaswom executive officer V.S. Jayakumar and other Travancore Devaswom Board (TDB) officials.

The rituals will begin with Ganapati homam on Thursday morning followed by Ashtabhishekom and Neyyabhishekom.

The ‘petta thullal’ at Erumely by the Ambalappuzha and Alangadu teams will be held on January 11. The procession carrying the Thiruvabharanam, sacred ornaments, for the Makaravilakku festival will set off from the Pandalam Valiyakoickal Sastha Temple on January 12. The ‘Pampavilakku’ and ‘Pampasadya’ will be held on the banks of the Pampa on January 13. Makaravilakku is on January 14. The Ayyappa idol will be adorned with the Thiruvabharanam prior to the deeparadhana on the day.

The Kalabhabhishekom, marking the culmination of the Neyyabhishekom offering to the deity during the Makaravilakku festival, will be performed before the Utchapuja on January 18.

The annual Guruti ritual will be performed at Malikappuram on January 19.

The Ayyappa shrine will be closed after the exclusive holy darshan by the representative of the Pandalam Palace at 7 a.m. on January 20.

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