New Melsanthi for Guruvayur Temple
Guruvayur: Munnoolam Bhavan Namboodiri has been selected as the new melsanthi (head priest) of Guruvayur Sreekrishna Temple. The appointment is for 6 months. He is selected as the head priest of Guruvayur Temple for the second time. He had served as the head priest in the temple for 6 months from October 2014.
Bhavan Namboodiri has been performing rituals in the temple for the past 21 years. The selection was based on a draw of lots. The Thanthri of temple had selected 39 candidates in an interview and their names were put for the draw in a silver pot. The present head priest E. P. Krishnan Namboodiri drew the lot.
Thanthri Chennas Narayanan Namboodirippadu, Ooralan Mallisseri Parameswaran Namboodirippadu, Devaswom Chairman K. B. Mohandas, Administrator C. C. Sasidharan, Administrative committee members and devotees were present during the draw. In a total, 42 applicants were invited for the interview. The new head priest will take charge on March 31.