Sabarimala | Photo: Mathrubhumi
The sanctum sanctorum of Sabarimala Ayyappa temple will be open from Tuesday for 10-day 'Painkuni Uthram' festival. However, devotees will be allowed only from Wednesday early morning.
The festival will be kicked off by the ritual solemnised by the tantri (head priest) Kandararu Mohanaru, scheduled between 10:30 AM and 11:30 AM.
‘Pallivetta’ will be on March 17. ‘Aarattu’ will happen on March 18 morning at Pamba river and in the meantime the devotees can place the ‘paras’ (a special form of prayer according to Hindu belief system). On February 19, the sanctum sanctorum will close at 10 pm singing ‘Harivarasansam.’ As the festival and Meenam month pooja coincides, the devotees can pay a visit to the deity until February 19.
The monthly pooja during the Malayalam month of Meenam will happen from March 14 to March 19. Similarly, ‘Padi pooja’ will happen on the days the sanctum sanctorum is open.
In a day, 15,000 devotees will be allowed to enter the temple. Only those who have booked through the virtual queue system will be allowed. The devotees can also avail spot booking facility provided at Nilakkal. Children under 10 years need not book.
Pilgrims should be fully vaccinated or have a RT-PCR negative certificate issued within 72 hours. They should also have valid ID cards.
Travancore Devaswom Board has informed that Neelimala route closed after Mandala season will open during the festival days.