Makaravilakku today; Devotion in the air at Sannidhanam
Sabarimala: The Makaravilakku will lighten the sky at Ponnambalamedu here at sunset on Monday. Thousands of devotees have thronged all over the place to witness the celestial star. Security has been beefed up at Sannidhanam and its premises ahead of the Makaravilakku.
About 5000 police officers and army men are deployed in Sabarimala under the leadership of one IG and two SPs. Various defence forces also have arrived at Sannidhanam. The clashes and protests at Sannidhanam have settled down now and peace has been restored.
Sankrama Puja and Abhishekam will take place at the moment of Makara Sankrama which falls at 7.52 pm on Monday. The ghee required for the Abhishekam has been brought from the Kowdiar Palace.
Devaswom board president A. Padmakumar and Devaswom minister Kadakampally Surendran will receive the sacred ornaments on Monday evening at the 18 holy steps.
Tantri Kantaru Rajeevaru and Melsanthi Vasudevan Namboodiri will collect the chest of sacred ornaments. Ahead of the Makaravilakku festival, purification rituals were performed in the temple on Sunday.