The Lord Ayyappa temple at Sabarimala will be opened on Wednesday afternoon for the monthly rituals in the Malayalam month of Thulam that begins on Thursday.

The Melsanthi (head priest), N. Damodaran Potti, will open the sanctum sanctorum at 5.30 p.m. on Wednesday. The temple will remain open till 10 p.m. The Tantri (chief priest), Kandararu Maheswararu, assisted by the Melsanthi and other priests, will prepare Kalasom (holy water) in 1,000 copper urns and Brahmakalasom in a golden vessel on Wednesday evening for Sahasrakalasabhishekom on Thursday morning.

The monthly rituals will begin with the auspicious Ashtadravya Ganapati Homom early in the morning. Kalabhabhishekom, Padipuja, Pushpabhishekom, Ashtabhishekom and Udayasthamanapuja are the other rituals to be held at the temple. The temple will be closed after Athazhapuja on October 21 evening.

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