Vishu Kani or Vishukkani is the most important ritual performed on Vishu, Malayalam astrological New Year in Kerala. Sabarimala Ayyappa temple (Sabarimala Devaswom) is the great place to observe Vishukkani Darshanam. Vishu Kani 2013 time will be from 4 am to 5 pm on 14 April 2013.
Vishu Kani Darshanam will be followed by Neyyabhishekam. Many special pujas like Padipuja and Udayasthamana puja will be held during the eight days of Vishu festival in the temple.
Vishu Mahotsavam begins on April 9 and ends on April 17th with Athazha Puja.
Sahasrakalasa pooja was held at Lord Ayyappa temple on 11th April evening after ‘deeparadhana,’ as part of Sahasrakalasam, to be conducted on 12th April, 2013.
Thousands of devotees from Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, and Andhra Pradesh visit the temple during Vishu festival.
On Vishu day (April 14), the temple will be opened at 3 am for Vishukani. But for common devotees vishukkani darshanam will be from 4 am. Abhishekam and Usha Pooja are performed from 3 am.
Sabarimala Temple will be closed on April 17 at 10 pm. Athazha Puja marks the end of eight-day Vishu festival. During Athazha Puja, Lord Ayyappa idol will be covered with Bhasmam and Rudrakshamala.