Erumely: The ceremonial ‘Petta thullal’ that is held along with the Sabarimala pilgrimage, began on Friday a little after 11 am at Erumely.
Ambalappuzha Petta thullal led by their ‘Samooha Periyon’ Kalathil Chandrasekharan Nair has begun. It will conclude at Dharma Sastha Temple after going around Nainar Juma Masjid (Vavar Palli) after it is accorded receptions at various points.
Ambalappuzha and Alangad teams would perform the Petta Thullal on Friday.
By 3 pm, Alangad team led by A K Vijayakumar will begin their ceremonial Petta Thullal. The second team won’t go around Vavaru Palli and directly reach Dharma Sastha Temple and end the Petta Thullal. According to beliefs, Vavar Swami (Muslim saint and a close friend of Lord Ayyappa as per myth) had already set off his journey with the Ambalappuzha team.
Devaswom board, Ayyappa Seva Sangam, various socio-cultural organizations, people representatives and officials will arrange reception for both teams at Dharma Sastha Temple. A reception is also arranged at Erumely Puthanveedu, which is connected to the history of Lord Ayyappa.