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New priests at Sabarimala

P N Narayanan Nampoothiri, 42, of Panagattampalli Mana, Nellikuzhi, Thrikkariyur in Kothamangalam was selected as the new melsanthi of the Sabarimala Lord Ayyappa Temple on Thursday.

Published: 19th October 2013 12:53 PM  |   Last Updated: 19th October 2013 12:53 PM   |  A+A-

P N Narayanan Nampoothiri, 42, of Panagattampalli Mana, Nellikuzhi, Thrikkariyur in Kothamangalam was selected as the new melsanthi of the Sabarimala Lord Ayyappa Temple on Thursday. P M Manoj, 37, of Polpakkara Madom, Edappal, in Malappuram, will be the new melsanthi of the Malikappuram Devi Temple.

The new head priests were selected by a draw of lots from the 16 shortlisted aspirants. Four-year-old Vyas J Varma, of Pandalam palace, pulled out the name of the new melsanthi in a ceremony conducted in front of the sanctum sanctorum of the Lord Ayyappa Temple at 8 am after Usha pooja.

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