Sabarimala’s two-month long annual Mandalam Makaravilakku pilgrimage has concluded with Guruti Pooja performed at the Malikappuram Devi Temple on 19 January 2014. There was huge crowd of devotees who had visited the Sabarimala Temple even on Sunday too.
Vilakkinezhunellippu, the five-day ceremonial procession from Malikappuram Devi Temple in the last lap of the Makaravilakku festival, came to a close on Saturday evening.
The Tantri (chief priest), Kandararu Maheswararu, assisted by the Melsanthi (head priest), P.N. Narayanan Namboodiri, performed the Padipuja at the holy Patinettampady (18-steps) after the Pushpabhishekom ritual at the Ayyappa Temple in the evening. Ashtabhishekom and Udayasthamanapuja were the other two important rituals performed at the Ayyappa Temple on Sunday.
The Ayyappa Temple was closed in an atmosphere charged with devotion and ‘Ayyappa Saranam’ mantra with the Melsanthi singing the sacred lullaby, ‘Harivarasanam, Viswamohanom…’, after the Athazhapuja.
The customary Guruti Pooja to propitiate the cohorts (Bhoothagana) of the presiding deity was performed at the Malikappuram temple premises after closing all the temples, later, in the evening on 19th January 2014.
Hundreds of devotees attended the ritual. The ritual was supervised by the representative of the Pandalam Palace, Dileep Varma, and the Travancore Devaswom Board officials.
The Melsanthi will open the sanctum sanctorum at 6.45 am on Monday to facilitate the customary holy darshan exclusively for the royal representative. None other than the royal designate will be permitted to enter the temple sopanam on Monday (20th January 2014).
The temple will be closed by 7 a.m. and the royal designate will climb down the holy 18-steps to take the Thiruvabharanam back to Pandalam in a procession, later.
The procession will halt at Laha Sathram on Saturday evening and at the Sastha Temple at Perinad on Tuesday. The presiding deity at the Perinad temple will be adorned with the sacred jewellery prior to the Utchapuja on Tuesday evening.
The Thiruvabharanam procession will have a night halt at Aranmula on Wednesday and will return to Pandalam on Thursday morning.
Courtesy – The Hindu.