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Thantri (High Priest) of a temple plays a key role in the affairs of any temple. The Thantri initiates the newly appointed Mel Santhi into the rituals of the temple. He recites the `Moola Mantram’ to the Mel Santhi. He constantly guides and supervises the Mel Santhi during the conduct of all poojas and other rituals.Certain rituals like Padi Pooja, Udayasthamana Pooja and Kalasa Poojas cannot be conducted unless the Thantri is present during the ceremony.
108 Padhangal (Steps) to AYYAPPA SANNIDHANAM (Sanctum Sanctorum)
Swami Ayyappan is the incarnation of God Dharma Sastha himself, who consoles and helps the Ayyappa devotees.
Ayyappa Bhakthan seeks the blessings of the lord by arriving at Sabarimala as a pilgrim chanting Sarana manthram. Mandalam and Makara vilakku are the two important seasons for visiting Sabari mala shrine. On worshipping Ayyappa swami and getting his punya darshanam enables one to achieve wealth and samirdhi in his life.
It is necessary to have physical and mental cleanliness by observing and leading the stipulated and traditional way a spiritual life for 41 days before reaching Sabarimala shrine for Ayyappa dharshanam.
Sabarimala THANTHRI Brahmasri KANDARARU RAJEEVARU clears all doubts in this connection.
1 As the first step to become a devotee of Sri Ayyappan, when is the auspicious time to wear the Maala?
First day of Malayalam month VRICHIKAM is most suitable. The other occasions are UTHRAM star, or any SATURDAY. One should avoid his own birth star day.
2. Any prior preparation is needed for “MALA” wearing ceremony?
House and area around (court yard) should be cleaned, if possible by washing, and placing the idol or photo of Ayyappa swami for daily pooja. Sprinkling holy water (punyaha jalam) while chanting GANGA manthram (chanting the names of all holy rivers) is desirrd.