Mandala Pooja fete at Sabarimala Ayyappa temple

Ayyappa devotees thronged the hill-top temple in Sabarimala and waited patiently to witness the special poojas and rituals including “kalabha abhishekam” and “kalasa abhishekam”. The ‘mandala pooja’ was held under the aegis of the head priest Kandaru Mahesh Mohanararu and Melshanti (Chief Priest) A Sudheer Namboothiri as pilgrims chanted hymns of the Lord in unison.

The idol of the Lord Ayyappa was adorned with ‘thanka angi,” the sacred golden attire, which was brought here on Thursday evening in a ceremonial procession from the Sree Parthasarthy temple at Aranmula.