The hill shrine of Lord Ayyappa was opened on Sunday evening for the five-day monthly pooja for the Malayalam month of Kanni.
Melsanthi G Balamurali opened the Sreekovil of the temple at 5.30 p.m. in the presence of Thantri Kandraru Rajivaru. As a practice, no rituals were held at the temple in the evening.
Sahasrakalasam, Kalabhabhishekam to be held: Sabarimala executive officer Sanakaranarayana Pillai said that Sahasrakalasam and Kalabhabhishekam would be the special rituals to be held as part of the monthly pooja.
As part of Sahasrakalasam, Thantri Rajivaru in the presence of Melsanthi Balamurali conducted the kalasa pooja at Sopanam at 7 p.m.
The ritual would be concluded with kalasabhishekam on the idol of Lord Ayyappa during Uchcha pooja on Monday.
In connection with the Kalabhabhishekam, the thantri will perform kalabhakalasa pooja at Nalambalam at 11.30 am. Kalabhabhishekam, marking the conclusion of the ritual, on the idol of the Lord will be performed after the procession carrying the kalabhakalasam circumambulating the Sreekovil during the uchcha pooja. Udayasthamana pooja, padi pooja and pushpabhishekam will be the other rituals to be held on all the five days.
The shrine will be closed on September 21 evening after athazha pooja and harivarasanam.