Sabarimala temple will open on Tuesday for the annual 10 day festival, Sabarimala uthram festival, meena maasa pooja, virtual queue
The sanctum sanctorum of Sabarimala Ayyappa Temple will be open from Tuesday for the 10-day ‘Painkuni Uthram’ festival. However, worshipers will only be allowed from early Wednesday morning.
The festival will be kicked off with the ritual performed by Tantri (Chief Priest) Kandararu Mohanaru, scheduled between 10:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.
“Pallivetta” will take place on March 17. “Aarattu” will take place on the morning of March 18 on the Pamba River, and in the meantime devotees can place the “paras” (a special form of prayer according to the Hindu belief system). On February 19, the sanctum sanctorum will close at 10 p.m. while singing “Harivarasansam”. As the festival and the month of Meenam pooja coincide, devotees can visit the deity until February 19.
The monthly pooja during the Malayalam month of Meenam will take place from March 14-19. Likewise, “Padi pooja” will take place on the days when the sanctum sanctorum is open.
In one day, 15,000 devotees will be allowed to enter the temple. Only those who booked through the virtual queuing system will be permitted. Devotees can also take advantage of the on-site booking facility provided at Nilakkal. Children under 10 do not need to book.
Pilgrims must be fully vaccinated or have a negative RT-PCR certificate issued within 72 hours. They must also have valid identity cards.
Travancore Devaswom board informed that Neelimala road closed after Mandala season will open during festival days.