112 kg lotus flowers for Modi’s Thulabharam at Guruvayur
Guruvayur: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will perform Thulabharam (weighing in) at the Guruvayur Sree Krishna Temple using lotus flowers again on Saturday.
Devaswom chairman K B Mohandas said that 112 kilograms of lotus flowers have been ordered for the PM to perform the ritual. The flowers will be brought from Nagercoil in Tamil Nadu and will be used as per requirement. Earlier, Modi had performed the Thulabharam using lotus flowers in 2008 when he was the chief minister of Gujarat. Then he had also performed Thulabharam using Kadalipazham.
After the Prime Minister arrives at Guruvayur, the temple authorities will welcome him with a Poornakumbham (pot full of offerings). He will go to the Nalambalam and offer Kanikka, Manjappattu and Kadali at the Sopanappadi. He will bow before Lord Krishna and Ganapati and receive prasadam from the chief priest.
The PM will also bow before Ayyappa and Bhagavathi before performing the Thulabharam. He will also offer Palppayasam. When the PM returns to Sreevalsam after completing his temple visit, the Devaswom will present a memento that will include a statue of Lord Krishna playing the flute and a painting of Lord Krishna.
Restrictions for devotees
In view of the PM’s visit, devotees will not be allowed to enter the Guruvayur temple from 9 am on Saturday. Modi will visit the temple from 10 am to 11.10 am. Devotees will not be allowed to enter the temple during this time. Barricades will be put up at the east entrance (Kizhekke Nada) to control the devotees.
Traffic regulations from 7 am
There will be traffic regulations in Guruvayur from 7 am in view of the PM’s visit. Vehicles will not be allowed to enter the roads between the helipad at Guruvayur Sree Krishna college and the Guruvayur temple besides the inner and outer ring roads. Guruvayur buses coming from Thrissur, Kodungallur and Kunnamkulam will travel through Kunnamkulam road and end their trips at Mammiyoor center.
Vehicles coming to Guruvayur must be parked on parking areas on the Mammiyoor-Aanathavalam road. The vehicles of those coming to attend the public meeting at Sree Krishna school should be parked inside the premises.