Lord Ayyappa temple in Sabarimala opens, devotees to be allowed from Nov 16

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    Lord Ayyappa temple in Sabarimala opens, enthusiasts to be enabled from Nov16

    By: PTI|Sabarimala |

    Updated: November 15, 2020 9: 17: 20 pm





    The newly chosen melsanthi V K Jayaraj Potti and Malikkapuram Melsanthi M N Raj Kumar, were the very first to climb the holy 18 actions and provide prayers. They took charge this evening.

    The hill shrine of Lord Ayyappa opened on Sunday night for the annual two-month long Mandala-Makaravillakku season, sticking to rigorous COVID-19 protocol. Fans would be enabled inside the temple just from Monday morning, temple sources stated.

    No unique pujas were held on Sunday. Melshanti A K Sudheer Namboothiri opened the doors of the sanctum sanctorum and lit the lamps at 5 pm in the existence of Tantri Kandararu Rajeevaru, heralding the start of the 62- day long pilgrim season.

    The freshly elected melsanthi V K Jayaraj Potti and Malikkapuram Melsanthi M N Raj Kumar, were the first to climb the holy 18 actions and offer prayers. They took charge this night.

    Each day, just 1,000 pilgrims, who have scheduled through the virtual queue system, would be allowed to offer prayers. They have to bring COVID-19 unfavorable certificate taken 48 hours prior to they reach Nilackkal and Pamba, base camps. Covid-19 kiosks will be opened at the base camps for screening.

    The pilgrims will not be allowed to remain at the temple premises. According to Travancore Devaswom Board (TDB), which


    manages the hill shrine, about 85,000 devotees would be offering prayers during this pilgrim season.

    Throughout saturdays and sundays, 2000 individuals would be enabled darshan. The health department has also made plans for antigen tests in different centres consisting of all bus stands and train stations at Thiruvananthapuram, Tiruvalla, Chengannur


    and Kottayam, where pilgrims show up to continue to the Ayyappa temple.

    Based on covid protocol, those in the 10-60 age group will just be permitted to offer prayers at the shrine, where lakhs of fans go to each year throughout thepilgrims season. The pilgrims can travel just through Swami Ayyappan roadway. Doctors, including specialists, will be published on a rotation basis for seven days each while all other personnel will be posted on a rotation basis for 15 days from November 15 to January 19, next year.

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