Mandalapooja celebrated

Mandala Pooja, the last day of 41-day Mandalam festival, was celebrated with utmost pomp on 27 December 2010 at Sabarimala Ayyappa temple. The temple witnessed huge crowd of devotees from Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, and Kerala.

During this festival, the idol of the presiding deity was adorned with ‘Thanga Angi’ (golden attire) in the last evening. The adorned idol reached Sabarimala shrine in a ceremonial procession from Sree Parthasarathy Temple at Aranmula.

The procession resumed its journey to Sabarimala on Saturday from the Muringamangalam temple at Konni. The Travancore Devaswom Board (TDB) authorities received the golden attire from Saramkuthi and brought it to Sannidhanam.

The temple will reopen on Thursday afternoon for the Makaravilakku festival. The Makaravilakku day falls on January 14 and the temple will be closed after the exclusive darshan at the temple by the representative of Pandalam Palace, on January 20 morning, bringing the annual Sabarimala pilgrimage to a close.

Mandala Pooja and Kalashabhishekam rituals were performed by ‘Tantri’ Sri Kandarapu Rajeevaru, who was assisted by Sabarimala Devaswom’s ‘Melasanthi’ Ezhikode Sasi Namboodri.