A scaled down season begins at Sabarimala
Pilgrims who booked by means of virtual queue system will be permitted entry from today.
Pilgrims who booked by means of virtual queue system will be enabled entry from today.
Marking the start of an expedition season dramatically scaled down by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Ayyappa temple at Sabarimala opened for the annual Mandalam-Makaravilakku season on Sunday.
Outbound head priest A.K. Sudheer Namboothiri opened the sanctum sanctorum in the presence of chief priest (Tantri) Kandararu Rajeevaru at 5 p.m.
Later on in the day, the Tantri performed the setup of the recently picked Melsanthis for the Ayyappa temple and the Malikappuram Devi temple– V.K. Jayaraj Potti and Raji Kumar M.N. Namboothiri. The new Melsanthis will assume charge on Monday for the next one year.
The temple rituals will begin with the Tantri performing the Ashtadravya Maha Ganapati Homom on Monday early morning. Fans who reserved for darshan through the virtual queue system will be permitted entry to the hill shrine from November16 After the Makaravilakku festival on January 14, the temple will be closed on January 20.
The two-month season will be under stringent COVID-19 guidelines. Authorities have currently provided an advisory to guarantee compliance by pilgrims to health protocols to prevent the spread of COVID-19 All pilgrims have to carry the COVID-19- negative certificate with tests done 24 hours before reaching the base camp Nilackal. The little band of pilgrims will observe physical distancing as they travel up the hill and return.
Priest tests positive
On Saturday, a 26- year-old priest, selected by the Travancore Devaswom Board on a short-lived basis, evaluated favorable during an antigen test at Nilackal. The person was immediately moved to a first-line treatment centre while 2 of his co-travellers were sent to quarantine.
In view of the day-to-day limit in the variety of pilgrims, the plans made at the Nilackal base camp and Pampa-Triveni too are on a decreased scale. A 250- member group of workers has been brought from Tamil Nadu for cleaning up works.
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