Kerala’s Sabarimala temple opens for annual 2-month-long pilgrimage season

The Lord Ayyappa temple at Sabarimala has been opened for the once a year two-month-long pilgrimage season from Monday. The sanctum sanctorum of the temple used to be opened within the presence of leader priest (Tantri) Kandararu Mahesh Mohanararu by way of outgoing priest V Okay Jayaraj Potti.

New clergymen – N Parameshwaran Namboothiri for Sabarimala and Shabhu Namboothiri for the Malikappuram Devi temple – additionally took fee from these days after the ritualist prayers.

Despite the fact that the Sabarimala temple is open for pilgrims, they are going to be allowed simplest from November 16. In the meantime, the state executive has made up our minds to restrict the choice of pilgrims to the hill-top shrine within the subsequent 3 or 4 days because of the heavy rains.

“The ritualistic bathing within the river Pampa might not be allowed as its ranges are dangerously excessive, spot-booking will likely be stopped for the time and converting dates of those that booked during the digital queue machine can also be regarded as to keep an eye on the go with the flow of pilgrims,” the federal government mentioned on Sunday.

State Well being Minister Veena George confident that each one amenities had been made to verify the security and safety of Sabarimala pilgrims within the wake of heavy rains in Pathanamthitta district, the place the temple is positioned.

“The functioning of departments involved is being carefully monitored. Positive roads to the temple and adjoining spaces had been broken within the incessant rain. Site visitors has been diverted from the roads which were dealing with flood-like scenarios,” George mentioned after a high-level assembly on the Pathanamthitta Collectorate.

The State Well being Minister mentioned the departments had been directed to make sure that the path to the hill-top shrine is secure. The federal government has made up our minds to permit simplest 30,000 devotees consistent with day this season to have darshan via a digital queue machine, taking into consideration the Covid-19 pandemic state of affairs.

The pilgrimage could be held strictly adhering to COVID-19 protocol with government insisting that two doses of the Covid vaccination certificates or RT-PCR damaging certificates taken inside of 72 hours is necessary for visiting the hill shrine.

The devotees must additionally produce authentic Aadhaar playing cards. Trekking to the temple could be allowed simplest during the Swami Ayyappan Highway. The ghee being introduced by way of the pilgrims in coconuts for Neyyabhishekam could be accumulated by way of the TDB workforce via particular counters and sanctified ghee could be returned to the pilgrims via particular counters of the Devaswom.

Preparations had been made for the pilgrims to buy prasadam whilst returning to Pampa after having darshan. The 41-day Mandala puja pageant concludes on December 26. The temple could be opened once more on December 30 for the Makaravilakku pilgrimage.

The Makaravilakku is on January 14, 2022, and the temple will likely be closed on January 20, 2022. Police have reinforced the safety for making sure a clean Sabarimala pilgrimage season.

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