THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The refurbishment work on the main idol at the Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple will begin on September 2.
A change in the darshan timing will follow, till September 30, the temple management said here on Thursday.
“Darshan will be withheld between 11.30 am and 5 pm from September 2 to 30,” temple thantri Tharananalloor Parameswaran Namboodiripad, executive officer K N Satheesh and administration committee member C A Vijayakumar said.
The idol of Lord Sree Padmanabhaswamy is made of kadusarkara yogam, a complex mix of numerous ingredients like earth, kashayams, cereals, tree resins and spices.
A team led by Kanipayyur Makan Krishnan Namboodiripad carried out the work on the idol. The laborious task of preparing the kadusarkara yogam was executed by a team comprising Thekumanmadhom Pradeep Namboodiri, Ratheesh Namboodiri, Harikrishnan Namboodiri and Suresh Bhattathiripad.
New Periyanambi Takes Charge
Narasimham Kumar has replaced Marutampadi Padmanabhan Namboodiripad as the chief priest (periyanambi) of the temple.
Kumar, serving as the panchagavyathu nambi of the temple will be succeeded by Vasudevan Narayana Bhatteri.
The installation ceremony of the periyanambi was held on Thursday morning.
The devotees will be given an opportunity to make plantain offerings (kazchakula) to the deity at the Abhisravana Mandapam in the temple on Uthradom day.
The traditional Onavillus will be offered to the deity on the Thiruvonam day.
Floral decorations, special lighting, Chakrabjapooja, traditional feast and a special seeveli will be held on the Thiruvonam day.
A panchavadyam ensemble will be held at 9 am and Thayambaka will be held at 4 pm.
Temple manager Venu and public relations officer Babilu Sankar attended the press conference.