Sabarimala ‘Vishukani’ darshan: rituals to resume after Covid break 

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Sabarimala: The hill shrine of Lord Ayyappa will open for ‘Vishukani’ darshan at 4 am on Friday. Devotees can avail darshan from 4 am to 6 am at the Sabarimala sanctum sanctorum.

The head priest will arrange ‘Vishukani’ on Thursday night itself before closing the shrine. Head priest N Parameswaran Namboothiri will open the shrine on Friday at 4 am in the presence of tantri Kandararu Maheswararu Mohanararu and see the ‘Kani’ first after lighting the lamp. The devotees will be allowed to view ‘Vishukani’ later.

The head priest and tantri will present ‘Vishukaineettam’ for the pilgrims. In view of the rituals, the Sabarimala Devaswom board has allowed pilgrims to stay at the temple on Thursday night. Pillows and sheets will be provided at the ‘nadapanthal’. Dinner will also be served.

The rituals including ‘Ashtabhishekam’ and ‘Shayana pradakshinam’ that were halted due to Covid protocols will be resumed as part of Vishu day. People will be allowed to enter ‘Bhasma Kulam’ (pond) after the completion of maintenance works.

The shrine will be closed on April 18 after the eight-day long Vishu festival.

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