Kumbha Sankranti or Kumbha Sankramanam is the first day of Kumbha Masam in Malayali calendar. In Sabarimala Ayyappa Temple, Kumbha masam puja is observed for six days. In 2018, Kumbha masam puja dates are from February 12 to February 17.
Every month, monthly pujas are performed to Lord Sabarimala Ayyappa. In 2018, Shivaratri falls during Kumbha Masam Puja hence it marks great significance and spiritual importance for Sabarimala Ayyappa puja.
Special pujas like archanas, abhishegam, and stotra parayana are performed during Kumbha masa pooja. Tens of thousands of devotees participate in Ayyappa puja in Sabarimala Temple.
Meena masam 2018 Ayyappa puja dates – March 14 to March 19, 2018. Ayyappa Jayanthi is observed in Meena masam in Malayalam calendar.