KERALA

Sabarimala temple opens tomorrow

PATHANAMTHITTA, AUG. 14. The Sabarimala Ayyappa Temple will be opened on August 16 afternoon for the monthly poojas in the Malayalam month of Chingom. The rituals will begin with Ganapathi homam on Tuesday morning.

The Tantri will lead a `laksharchana' at the Sannidhanam on Tuesday morning. The Tantri will perform `kalasabhishekom' on the Ayyappa idol prior to the `utcha' pooja.

Mr. Mohanaru will also perform the auspicious `kalabhabhishekom' at the Ayyappa temple on August 18 and 20.

The `udayasthamana' pooja and `padi' pooja will be performed at the Sannidhanam on five days and the temple will be closed after the `athazha' pooja on August 21.

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