Melsanthi Ezhikode Sasi Nambodiri, accompanied by Tantri Kandararu Rajeevaru, opened the sanctum sanctorum of Lord Ayyappa temple at Sabarimala at 5.30 p.m. on Friday.
The rituals in connection with the anniversary of idol installation will be on Saturday. The priests prepared the Brahmakalasom and Sahasrakalasom (holy waters) in 1,000 small copper urns for the Sahasrakalasabhishekom to be performed prior to the Utchapuja on Saturday.
The ritual will begin with the Tantri performing Ashtadravya Ganapati ‘homom’ on Saturday morning.
A Kalabhabhishekom will also be performed at the Ayyappa shrine prior to the Utchapuja on Saturday.
The Brahmakalasom will be taken out in a customary procession, with the accompaniments of the sacred ‘marappani’ and other traditional temple percussion, to the sanctum sanctorum for the Abhishekom. The sandal paste (‘kalabhom’) offered to the deity will be distributed as ‘prasadom’ among the devotees.
Padipuja, Ashtabhishekom, Udayasthamanapuja, and Pushpabhishekom will be the other important rituals on the day. The temple will be closed after Athazhapuja.
The temple will reopen on June 15 for the five-day monthly rituals in the Malayalam month of Midhunom that begins the next day.