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Makaravilakku festival at Sabarimala on Thursday

By Express News Service

SABARIMALA: The hill abode of Lord Ayyappa right here is all set for the Makaravilakku ceremony, probably the most auspicious ritual of the annual pilgrimage season, to be held after adorning the idol with the Thiruvabharanam — the sacred gold ornaments introduced from the Pandalam Valiyakoickal Sree Dharma Sas tha temple on Thursday.

Thantri Kandararu Rajivaru will carry out the deeparadhana within the presence of melsanthi Jayaraj Potti at 6.40pm. After the deeparadhana, a star might be seen to the east of the temple, marking the auspicious time of the solar shifting from ‘dakshinayanam’ to ‘utharanayanam’.

Before that, the Thiruvabharanam procession might be given a standard reception at Saramkuthi at 5.30pm by a devaswom staff led by Sabarimala devaswom administrative officer Rajendran Nair. The staff carrying the Thiruvabharanam might be led in a procession to the Sannidhanam accompanied by artists taking part in temple percussion devices. The Travancore Devaswom Board president and members will obtain the procession in entrance of golden flag mast of the temple.

Malikappuram procession

The annual five-day customary procession carrying the ‘Thidambu’, the Sreebali idol, of Malikappuram Devi might be taken out from the Malikappuram temple to Lower Thirumuttom close to Holy Steps after the deeparadhana at the Lord Ayyappa and Malikappuram Devi temples at 7.30pm.

Sudhikriyas conclude

The two-day sudhikriyas (purification rites) concluded on Wednesday at the Lord Ayyappa temple forward of the Makaravilakku ceremony. The two-day purification ceremony, together with idol purification rites, was carried out by thantri Rajivaru within the presence of melsanthi Jayaraj Potti.

Padi pooja from Jan 16 to 18 
The Padi pooja ritual might be carried out at the Ayyappa temple for 3 days from January 16. The hour-long ritual might be carried out  by thantri Rajivaru within the presence of melsanthi Jayaraj Potti at 7pm

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