Sabarimala Temple Opened for Another Pilgrim Season
SABARIMALA: The hill shrine of Lord Ayyappa here was opened on Monday for the 2015-2016 pilgrimage season in an atmosphere filled with religious ferver and gaiety.Melsanthi Krishnadas Nampthoothiri opened the Sreekovil of the temple at 5.30 pm in the presence of Thantri Mahesh Mohanaru.No ritual was conducted at the Sreekovil as an ongoing practice of the temple.
Installation Ceremony Held
The installation ceremony of Sanakaran Nampoothiri as the new Sabarimala melsanthi was conducted under the leadership of Thantri Kandararu Mahesh Mohanaru.As part of the ceremony, Thantri Mahesh Mohanru conducted Kalasabhishekam on Sanakaran Nampoothiri in front of the temple sreekovil at 6.30 pm.After the Kalasabhishekam, the new melsanthi was led by the thantri to the Sreekovil and passed on the “moolamantram” in the ears of the new mesanthi.
The installation ceremony of E S Unnikrishnan as the new Malikappuram melsanthi was conducted under the leadership of the Thantri in front of the Sreekovil of Malikappuram temple at 7.30 pm.Offers worship.New Travancore Devaswom Board member Prayar Gopalakrishnan and member Ajay Tharayil offered worship at Lord Ayyappa temple in the evening.
Devaswom Minister V S Sivakumar, devaswom commissioner C P Ramaraja Prema Prasad and special commissioner K Babu were among those present when the shrine was opened in the evening.