Sabarimala temple opens for monthly poojas in Chingam
Sabarimala: The Sabarimala Lord Ayappa temple opened on Sunday evening for monthly poojas in Chingam, which is regarded as the New year in the Malayalam calendar.
Chief priest A. K. Sudheer Namboodiri opened the temple doors and lit the lamp in the presence of Tantri Kandararu Rajeevaru ahead of Chingam 1 which falls on Monday, August 17.
Only devaswom employees and police officials on duty at Sannidhanam were present. Other special rituals were not performed. The entry of devotees to the hill shrine is strictly restricted due to COVID-19.
Only regular rituals in the month of Chingam will be held at the temple. After monthly rituals, the temple will be closed on August 21. The temple will reopen for Onam special rituals on August 29.