The hill shrine of Lord Ayyappa will be opened for the 21-day Makaravilakku festival season, the concluding phase of the annual pilgrimage, on December 30.
The hill shrine will be closed on January 20 at 7 am. Melsanthi Damodharan Potti will open the Sreekovil of the temple at 5.30 pm in the presence of Tantri Kandararu Rajeevaru. As a tradition,no rituals will be performed in the evening.
Pettathullal ritual at Erumely Sree Dharma Sastha Temple, Thiruvabharanam procession from Pandalam Valiyakoickal Sree Dharam Sastha Temple and Makaravilakku are the important events of the festival.
Pettathullal at Erumeli: The customary Pettathullal ritual at Erumely Sree Dharma Sastha Temple will be held on January 11. Pettathullal procession of Ambalappuzha team, led by periyor Chandrasekharan Nair, will begin from Erumley Kochambalam at 12 noon, after the spoting of ‘Krishnaparunthu’ on the sky above the temple.
The Pettathullal procession of Alangattu team, led by Vijayakumar, will be held at 2.30 pm.