For Thulam Month Puja in Sabarimala Ayyappa Temple (October 2014), the temple will be opened on October 17 at 5.30 PM, Wednesday. Melasanthi will open the sanctum sanctorum in the evening for Thulam Masam pujas.
The Melsanthi, P.N. Narayanan Namboodiri, will open the sanctum sanctorum at 5.30 p.m. on October 17 and the rituals will begin with the Thantri, Kandararu Rajeevararu, performing the Ashtadravya Ganapati homom, followed by Ashtabhishekom on thulam 1 (October 18) morning.
The draw of lots to select the next Melsanthi at the Ayyappa temple and at the adjoining Malikappuram Devi temple will be held immediately after the Ushapuja at the respective temple sopanam on October 18.
Travancore Devaswom Board will shortlist nine eligible priests each for the post of the Melsanthi at the Ayyappa temple as well as the Malikappuram Devi temple on the basis of a personal interview.
Sahasrakalasabhishekom, Kalabhabhishekom, Padipuja, Udayasthamanapuja, Asthabhishekom, and Pushpabhishekom will be the important rituals to be held on all days except October 17.
The temple will be closed after the Athazhapuja and harivarasanam on October 22 evening.