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 2020 time will be from 4 am to 7 am on 14 April 2020.
In 2020, due to Coronavirus pandemic effect (COVID19), Sabarimala Devaswom Board will not be allowing common devotees to attend and participate in Vishu Kani Darshanam and other Vishu rituals.
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 10 and ends on April 18th with Athazha Puja.
Sahasrakalasa pooja will be held at Lord Ayyappa temple on 11th April evening after ‘deeparadhana,’ as part of Sahasrakalasam, to be conducted on 12th April, 2020.
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. Travancore Devaswom Board member Subhash Vasu said food would be served to devotees at the Annadanam hall at the Sannidhanam from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. during the Vishu festival.
Sabarimala Temple will be closed on April 18 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.