The Ayyappa Temple at Sabarimala will be opened on Tuesday for the five-day monthly rituals in the Malayalam month of Edavom that begins the next day.
The head priest (Melsanthi), N. Damodaran Potti, will open the sanctum sanctorum at 5.30 p.m. and there would not be any rituals on Tuesday. However, devotees may offer prayers at the temple till it closes at 10 p.m.
The rituals will begin with the chief priest (Tantri), Kandararu Rajeevararu, performing an Ashtadravya Maha Ganapathi homom on Wednesday morning, the first day in the month of Edavom.
Devaswom Executive Officer K. Sankaranarayana Pillai told The Hindu that Sahasrakalasabhishekom and Kalabhabhishekom would be performed prior to the Utchapuja at the Ayyappa temple on all the five days.
Ashtabhishekom, Padipuja, Udayasthamanapuja, and Pushpabhishekom will be the other important rituals to be held at the temple on all the five days.
The Ayyappa temple will be closed in the evening on May 19. Mr. Pillai said the temple would be reopened in the afternoon on May 20 for the anniversary celebrations of idol installation to be held on May 21.
The rituals in connection with the anniversary will be held on May 21 and the temple will be closed after the Athazhapuja in the evening.