Pamba: K Jayarajan Namboothiri has been elected as the Shabrimala Head Priest (the priest performs day to day poojas in the Sabarimala temple). K Jayarajan Namboothiri has been serving as a chief priest in the Chovva temple Kannur.
The lot was taken by Hrithikesh Varma in a draw held at the Sannidhanam (the divine place where the Ayyappa temple is located). There were ten people in the final list and Jayarajan Namboothiri got selected in the seventh lot.
Jayarajan Namboothiri shared his joy in the new position. He said that it is the Lord Ayappan who has called him to serve the temple. And it is really a pleasure serving the temple and the lord Ayyappan, he added.
The head priest of Malikappuram is Hariharan Namboothiri. He is a native of Vaikom, a village in Kottayam district. He was selected by Paurnami Varma, a member of Pandalam Palace.