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Sabarimala Devotees Courageous Heavy Rains to Provide Prayers

Sabarimala Devotees Courageous Heavy Rains to Provide Prayers

Braving inclement climate situations and COVID scenario, a whole bunch of devotees on Tuesday trekked the holy Sabarimala to supply prayers on the famed Lord Ayyappa Temple right here, marking the start of the two-month-long annual Mandalam-Makaravilakku pilgrimage season. As ‘melsanthi’ (chief priest) N Parameswaran Namboothiri lit the standard lamp within the sanctum sanctorum after opening the temple portals early this morning, the devotees had been allowed to trek the hills from the foothills.

Just like the earlier 12 months, the devotees had been being permitted by way of a digital queue system this time additionally as a part of efforts to manage the movement of pilgrims in view of the pandemic and heavy rains.

Although the “Sannidhanam”, the temple advanced used to witness a sea of devotees on the primary day of the Malayalam month of Vrichikam, comparatively much less variety of devotees may very well be noticed this morning. Authorities have determined to restrict the variety of pilgrims to the hill-top shrine within the subsequent three or 4 days as a result of heavy rains.

The ‘pampa snanam”, the ritualistic bathing within the river Pampa additionally wouldn’t be allowed this 12 months as its water ranges had been dangerously excessive, temple authorities added. The sanctum sanctorum of the temple was opened on Monday night within the presence of Tantri (head priest) Kandararu Mahesh Mohanararu by outgoing priest V Ok Jayaraj Potti.

The federal government has determined to permit solely 30,000 devotees per day this season to have darshan by way of a digital queue system after contemplating the COVID-19 pandemic scenario, the federal government sources stated.

The pilgrimage could be held strictly adhering to COVID-19 protocol with authorities insisting that two doses of the Covid vaccination certificates or RT-PCR unfavourable certificates taken inside 72 hours is obligatory for visiting the hill shrine, they added.

The 41-day Mandala pooja pageant concludes on December 26.The temple could be opened once more on December 30 for the second leg of the pilgrimage, the Makaravilakku festivities. After the Makaravilakku pageant on January 14, 2022, the hill temple could be closed on January 20.

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