Relaxations at Guruvayur temple after one-and-half years: Thulabharam, Choroonu to resume
Guruvayur: The entry of devotees to Nalambalam in Guruvayur temple will be allowed from Tuesday, which marks the first of Malayalam month ‘Vrishchikam’ and beginning of ‘Mandalam’ pilgrimage season. The ‘Prasada Oottu’(food offered as part of rituals) for devotees will be reinstated. Along with that ‘Choroonu’(feeding offering of devotees) offering will be reinstated. Similarly, ‘Thulabharam’(offerings various forms based on devotee’s weight) offering will be facilitated.
Notably, these relaxations comes after one and half years of Covid-19 related curbs. The devotees can enter from 3:00 AM for ‘Nirmalaya Darshan’. In a day only 5,000 devotees who have booked through online can enter. However, apart from them Ayappa devotees and locals in the regions will be allowed. The first queue in the queue 'panthal' is solely for them. Likewise, two individuals accompanying kids will be allowed, even if they have not booked through online.
Due to Covid-19 restrictions ‘Ucha Pooja’(after noon ritual) used to commence by 10:00 AM. As there are relaxations now, the ritual will happen at 11:30 AM. The temple doors will be open by 12:30 PM and will close only after all devotees offer their prayers. The doors will reopen again at 3:30 PM.
Breakfast for devotees will be provided at 5:00 AM. It includes tea and ‘kichadi’. The ‘Prasada Oottu’ will start from 10:30 AM. Meanwhile, it is important to note that only 1,000 devotees will be provided food.