KERALA

Idol installation anniversary

Staff Reporter

PATHANAMTHITTA: The anniversary of idol installation at Lord Ayyappa Temple at Sabarimala will be celebrated on Thursday.

Tantri (chief priest) Kandararu Maheswararu said Melsanthi (head priest) T.K. Krishnan Namboodiri would open the temple at 5.30 p.m. on Wednesday. A Sahasrakalasabhishekam will be performed prior to Utchapuja on Thursday.

The Tantri will prepare kalasam (holy water) in 1,000 small copper urns and the Brahmakalasam will be prepared in a golden urn for the Sahasrakalasabhishekam ritual.

The temple will close after Athazhapuja in the evening. It will reopen on Saturday afternoon for the five-day monthly puja in the Malayalam month of Midhunam that begins on Sunday.