Aravana prasadam manufacturing begins at Sabaraimala Lord Ayyappa temple onThursday, 27th October for the forthcoming Mandalam-Makaravilaku season.
The poojas were performed by Melsanthi Sasi Nampoothiri in the presence of Sabarimala executive officer M Satheesh Kumar.
The aravana production started early with the objective of achieving an opening stock of 25 lakh containers when the hill shrine opens for the two-month pilgrimage season on November 17. According to Satheeshkumar, the average daily production would be in the range of one lakh to 1.25 lakh containers.He said that adequate quantity of raw materials, including rice, jaggery and cardamom, had already reached Sabarimala Sannidhanam.
He added that the work on the setting of seven counters, three for the sale of prasadam coupons and four for the distribution of prasadam, would be completed before the beginning of the season.