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Sabarimala temple opens for Makaravilakku

Heavy rush of devotees, Petta-thullal at Erumely on January 11

There was heavy rush of devotees at Sabarimala when the temple opened for the Makaravilakku festival on Sunday.

Melasanthi (head priest) V.N. Vasudevan Namboodiri opened the sanctum sanctorum at 5 p.m. A large number of pilgrims from Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Telengana, and Karnataka have been camping at the Nilackal base camp for the past three days to offer worship. The Ayyappa Temple was closed after the Mandalam pilgrimage season on December 27.

Rituals begin today

The rituals will begin with the Tantri performing the Ashtadravya Maha Ganapati homom on Monday followed by Ashtabhishekom and Neyyabhishekom.

The annual Petta-thullal at Erumely by the Ambalappuzha and Alangadu teams will be held on January 11.

The ceremonial procession carrying the Thiruvabharanam, sacred jewellery, for the Makaravilakku festival will set off to Sabarimala from Pandalam Valiyakoickal Sastha Temple at 1 p.m. on January 12. The customary Pampa-Vilakku and Pampa-Sadya will be held on the banks of the Pampa on January 13. The Ayyappa idol will be adorned with the Thiruvabharanam prior to the Makarasankramapuja and the ‘deeparadhana’ on January 14 afternoon.

Ban orders

District Collector, P.B.Noohu, in his capacity as the District Magistrate has clamped prohibitory orders under section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code at Sabarimala, Pampa, Nilackal and Elavumkal, from 6 am on Sunday to January 5 midnight.

The Collector’s decision came on the basis of the reports received from the District Police Chief for clamping prohibitory orders at these places from November 14 to January 14, 2019, with a view to avert protests and violence in the name of the women’s entry issue to Sabarimala.

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