The Lord Ayyappa temple at Sabarimala will be opened on Thursday afternoon for the annual Chithira Aattathirunaal festival to be held on Friday.

The outgoing Meslanthi, G. Vishnu Namboodiri, will open the sanctum sanctorum at 5.30 p.m. on Thursday.

Rituals

The rituals will begin with Tantri Kandararu Rajeevaru performing the Ashtadravya Ganapati Homom on Friday morning.

The Tantri, assisted by Melsanthi, will perform a Kalabhabhishekom ritual at the Sannidhanam prior to the Utchapuja. Udayasthamanapuja, Padipuja and Pushpabhishekom will be the other rituals to be performed at the Ayyappa shrine on Friday.

The temple will be closed after the Athazhapuja in the evening.

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