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Melsanthi-designates to visit Sabarimala

Sabarimala Melsanthi-designate S.E. Sankaran Namboodiri, 48, is at present the head priest of Ayyappa Temple at Jalahalli in Karnataka.

He had served as Melsanthi at the Thiruvanchoor Subrahmanya Swami Temple and the Veloore Subrahmanya Swami Temple in Kottayam district and the Athikkayam Mahadevar Temple near Ranni, earlier. He will visit Sabarimala on Wednesday.

E.S. Unnikrishnan Namboodiri, 58, Malikappuram Melsanthi-designate, is at present the Melsanthi at the Karumarakkad Siva Temple attached to the Cochin Devaswom Board, near Vadakkancherry in Thrissur district.

He was Melsanthi at various temples, including Chottanikkara Bhagavathy Temple and Thiruvanchikkulam Mahadevar Temple. Mr. Namboodiri said he would visit the Sabarimala temple on Monday.