Makara Sankramapuja at Sabarimala Ayyappa Temple will be held at 00.59 am on January 15, 2012. It will be held in the midnight on Saturday. Makara Sankramana is on Sunday, 15 January. It is believed that Lord Ayyappa’s idol was installed during the auspicious muhurtham of Makara Sankramam.
Neyyabhishekam (abhishekam to Lord Ayyapa with ghee) is widely performed during Makara Sankramom. The ghee used for the Makara-sankramapuja at Sabarimala will be brought from the Kowdiar Palace in Thiruvananthapuram and the ghee offered to the deity will be distributed among the devotees as prasadom, later.
Sabarimala Ayyappa Temple will be opened at 4 pm on January 15. Thiruvabharanam and Deeparadhana will be performed in the evening.