Sabarimala temple opening today, medical certificate compulsory for worshipers
Sabarimala: After a 6 month hiatus, worshipers will invade the famous Lord Ayyappa Temple from Saturday. The temple doors will open for the rituals of the Malayalam month of Thulam on Friday at 5 p.m. This is the first time the temple has reopened for worshipers amid the COVID-19 outbreak.
250 devotees who have booked for darshan through a virtual queue will be allowed to visit the temple per day. 1,250 people will be allowed to visit the temple under the COVID protocol until October 21.
Rituals like “Padi puja”, “Udayasthamaya puja” and “Kalabhabhishekam” will take place every day. The selection of the high priests for the temples of Sabarimala and Malikappuram will be carried out on Saturday at 8 a.m. Devotees will be admitted inside the temple from Saturday at 5 a.m.
Hospitals ready for the faithful
Hospitals were opened in Nilakkal, Pamba and Sannidanam before the reopening of Sabarimala, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan informed.
The devotees will not be comfortable wearing a mask when climbing the hills. All devotees should wear a mask throughout their visit to the temple, except when climbing the hills. All arrangements have been made to ensure a safe visit to the temple.
Police forces headed by a police commissioner have also been deployed to the temple premises.
Those who visit the hill sanctuary must have a medical certificate stating that they are fit to climb the hill.
At the same time, worshipers between the ages of 10 and 60 will be allowed to visit the temple. Devotees will reach the temple within the allotted time when booking the virtual queue.
The faithful cannot travel in groups. Entrance to the temple is only allowed via Vadasserikkara and Erumely.
Regular services to Pamba will be provided from the depots in Pandalam and Pathanamthitta.
Additional buses will be operated if more than 30 worshipers arrive at a time.
The Nilakkal-Pamba channel service will not be operated
Small vehicles allowed
Small vehicles carrying worshipers will be allowed to enter Pamba. These vehicles must be parked in Nilakkal after dropping off the faithful at Pamba.
COVID test in Nilakkal
Worshipers must have a negative COVID certificate issued within 48 hours.
Those who do not have the certificate must undergo an antigen test at their own expense.
Worshipers who test positive for COVID will not be able to climb the hills.
Mask is mandatory
Social distancing standards must be observed throughout the pilgrimage
No litter on the way to the sanctuary.
Arrangements in Pamba
Pilgrims are not allowed to bathe in the Pamba River
Showers are fitted
Special bathrooms for women, 150 toilets
The faithful must get to the shrine by the service road after crossing the Triveni bridge.
The “Kettu Nirakkal” ritual at Ganapati temple is also restricted.
Devotees must produce the documents received through the virtual reservation in front of the police counter near the Ganapati temple.
Hot water will be supplied in a steel bottle at Rs 100 from Pamba. Devotees must return the bottle when leaving the temple.
Ginger water will be provided on the forest path.
Road trip Swami Ayyappan
The devotees must travel and return by the Swami Ayappan route.
From the Marakkoottam area, they will be allowed to head to Sannidanam via the Chandranandan road.
Arrangements in Sannidanam
Hands and legs should be disinfected in the area before going up the sacred “Padinettam Padi” steps.
No police service in ‘Padinettam Padi’.
Counter to receive the “nei thenga” (coconut filled with ghee) behind the sanctum sanctorum.
No “prasadam” will be given from Sannidanam.
Offerings to the Malikkapuram temple should be placed in the allotted space.
The ghee will be given as “Prasadam” when leaving the “temple of Malikkapuram” through the north gate.
Appam and aravana will be available at the counter near the ‘Aazhi’ (sacred fireplace).
The faithful cannot camp in the sanctuary.
Restrictions in Sabarimala
Devotees will not be allowed to meet Tantri, the High Priest and other priests
No swimming in Bhasmakulam.
‘Sayana Pradakshinam’ also banned.
Broken “Nei Thenga” (coconut) at the shrine was also banned.
‘Annadanam’ in Sabrimala
“Annadanam” (food offering) will be organized for worshipers on a limited scale in Pamba and Sannidanam.