SABARIMALA:The hill abode of Lord Ayyappa here was opened on Thursday for the one-day celebration of the idol reinstallation anniversary slated to be held on Friday.
Melsanthi Krishnadas Nampoothiri opened the Sreekovil of the temple at 5.30 pm in the presence of thantri Kandararu Rajivaru.
No ritual was conducted at the Sreekovil of the temple in the evening as an ongoing temple practice.
Kalabhabhishekam and Laksharchana will be the special rituals to be conducted as part of the celebrations. In connection with Kalabhabhishekam, thantri Rajivaru in the presence of melsanthi Krishnadas Nampoothiri will conduct Brahmakalasa pooja at the Mandapam of the temple at 10.30 am.
The ritual will be concluded with Kalabhabhishekam on the idol of the lord during Uchcha pooja after the procession carrying the Brahmakalsam led by the thantri and melsanthi by circumambulating the Sreekovil.
As part of Laksharchana, thantri Rajivaru will conduct Brahmakalasa pooja, followed by chanting of vedic mantras by a dozen of scholars. The ritual will be concluded with Kalasabhishekam on the idol of the lord during Uchcha pooja.
Udayasthamana pooja, Padi pooja and Pushpabhishekam will be the other rituals to be held as part of the celebrations.
The temple will be closed on Friday evening, after offering Athazha pooja and Harivarasanam, and will be reopened on June 15.