Swamiye Saranam Ayyappa
' The Jothi resides on every soul '
Mandala Pooja Arambham is on Vrichikam 1st (17th November
Mandala Pooja is on 27th December 2003
Temple operations are as per daily published schedule
till Ulsavam starts on 20th Nov 2003 Ulsvam starts with
Kodiyettam. Till Ulsvam finishes with Arattu,
temple's regular schedule is disrupted because it has to
follow many rituals as a part of Ulsavam
Ulsavam starts on 20th Nov 2003 and will last till 29th
Nov 2003. Arattu is on 29th Nov 2003.
Durig the Ulsavam days, Neyyabhishekam will be from 0500
hrs till around 1200 hrs.
On Arattu day, as the symbolic idol leaves the temple
for Pampa, the temple will be closed for the whole day.
On Arattu day, Neyyabhishekam is only from 0500 am till around
0700 am. After the symbolic idol returns to the temple on
29th Nov 2003 late evening, the schedule reverts to
normal till Mandala Pooja on 27th December 2003.
After Mandala Pooja, the temple
will remain closed from 27th December 2003( 2200 hrs) till
01st January 2004 (1730 hrs).
Routine schedule will be restored from 01st January
2004. Makara Vilakku is on 14th January 2004. All schedules
will be normal till 18th January 2004.
During this festive season, thousands of Neyyabhishekams
would have been performed and the idol gets heated up. In
order to cool the idol, a Kalabhabhishekam is performed on
18th January 2004 at 1200 hrs. After that there will no
Neyyabhishekam. The temple closes on 20th January 2004 (0700
hrs or so when representatives of Pandalam Maharajah have the
exclusive rights to worship at the temple and take over the
temple keys after the temple is closed)..
Going up and down the holy 18 steps (or Pathinettampadi
will not be possible after 19th night).