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VK Jayaraj Potti appointed head priest of Sabarimala Ayyappa temple

KOCHI: VK Jayaraj Potti has been chosen as the top priest (Melshanthi) of the Sabarimala Ayyappa temple. He will function the top priest for the following pilgrim season for a interval of 1 yr. Jayaraj is from Varikkattu Madham close to Poyya in Thrissur district.

Rajikumar MN, of Mylakodath Mana, Kidangoor, Angamaly in Ernakulam district is the brand new melshanti of Malikapuram.


The duo has been chosen by way of a draw of heaps performed on the Sabarimala temple within the presence of Devaswom board president N Vasu. Advocate N Vijayakumar, Advocate KS Ravi, Sannidhanam particular commissioner M. Manoj, Devaswom Commissioner BS Thirumeni and High Court observer Justice Ok Padmanabhan Nair have been additionally current.

While speaking to regional media, Jayaraj Potti stated that it’s a nice fortune to be chosen to function the priest of Lord Ayyappa.

Both the top monks will take cost at a particular ceremony to be held at Sabarimala and Malikapuram temples when the hill shrine opens for the annual Mandalam-Makaravilakku pilgrim season. The Ayyappa temple will likely be open for the famed two-month lengthy pilgrim season on Malayalam month of Vrischikam 1, (November 16).


The Devaswom authorities have made strict preparations for the pilgrim season this yr in view of the COVID-19 pandemic. COVID-19 detrimental certificates is obligatory to enter the shrine.

Meanwhile, the Ayyappa temple has now been opened for devotees, after being closed for greater than six months, for the month-to-month poojas. Devotees will likely be allowed until October 21. Only 250 pilgrims are allowed to go to the shrine per day in compliance with the COVID-19 protocol. Those devotees coming with out a COVID-19 detrimental certificates need to do an antigen take a look at at Nilackal earlier than coming into the Sannidhanam. 


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