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       Niraputhari at Sabarimala temple on August 17
         Posted on :09:24:03 Aug 3, 2018
       Last edited on:09:24:03 Aug 3, 2018
         Tags: Niraputhari, Sabarimala, August 17

PATHANAMTHITTA: The Ayyappa temple at Sabarimala will be opened on August 16 afternoon for the annual Niraputhari celebrations to be celebrated on August 17. Head priest (Melsanthi) A V Unnikrishnan Namboodiri will open the sanctum sanctorum at 5 pm on August 16 and the temple rituals will begin with the chief priest (Tantri) Kandararu Maheswararu Mohanararu performing the Ashtadravya Maha Ganapati homom the next morning.

According to the devaswom sources, the Niraputharipuja will be performed at the temple between 5.30 a.m. and 6.15 a.m. on August 17. Udayasthamanapuja, Padipuja and Pushpabhishekom will be the special rituals to be performed at the temple on August 17.

The Ayyappa temple will be closed with the Melsanthi singing the sacred lullaby, ‘Harivarasanam, Viswamohanam,…’ after the Athazhapuja in the evening.

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