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Kerala's Sabarimala Temple Reopens

on 2014/1/3 4:31:09 ( 1851 reads )


SABARIMALA, INDIA, December 31, 2013 (The Hindu): Thousands of devotees from across the country, mainly South Indian States, prayed at the Ayyappa temple here as it was opened for the Makaravilakku pilgrimage on Monday afternoon. The Pampa Manalpuram was crowded with a multitude of pilgrims congregating for the customary holy bath in the Pampa River before climbing the hills.

The head priest (Melasanthi), P.M. Narayanan Namboodiri, accompanied by the chief priest (Tantri), Kandararu Maheswararu, and other priests, opened the sanctum sanctorum at 5.30 p.m. The rituals will begin with the Tantri performing Ashtadravya Maha Ganapati Homom on Tuesday morning followed by Ashtabhishekom and Neyyabhishekom.

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