Sabarimala : The beginning of darshan season. After circling the sacred shrine and ringing the bell thantri Kandaru Rajeevaru opened the doors of the shrine in the sanctum.
With Uttareeyam worn on head, rosary in his hand, rudraksha decorating the neck, with the yogadandu, the divinity remains with chinmudra, in his yogasamathi, was anointed in bhasma by the Thantri and he light the ghee lamp to inform the idol about the presence of his devotees.
The appointed chief priests were welcomed at Sannidhaanam with anoint. V N Vasudevan Namboothiri is the new appointed chief priest of sabarimala and M N Narayanan Namboothiri of Vanavathukara in Chengannoor is the chief priest of Malikappuram Temple.
The thantri chanted the core manthras to the chief priests in the sanctum sanctorium. The chief priest will be the one to open the temple on the first of Vrishchikam.