Sabarimala: The Ayyappa temple at Sabarimala will be opened for the Onam festivities on Monday afternoon. This year, the Onam festivities began on September 1, and will continue till September 13. The main priest Melsanthi VN Vasudevan Namboodiri, will open the sanctum sanctorum at 5 pm on Monday.

Following which temple rituals will begin with auspicious ''Ashtadravya Maha Ganapati homam'' on Tuesday morning.After the homam ,Kalabhabhishekom, Ashtabhishekom, Pushpabhishekom and Padipuja will be the special rituals to be performed at the Ayyappa shrine on Tuesday.

The Sabarimala temple will be closed for two days after the Athazhapuja on September 13th evening, marking the conclusion of the Onam festival. ( Inputs from The Hindu)

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