The sanctum sanctorum of Sabarimala temple will be opened for the annual festival for 10 days, from today.
A release issued by the Travancore Devaswom Board (TDB), which administers the shrine, said that head priest Kandararu Rajeevaru would perform the preparatory rituals during the temple opening ceremony. The festival will end on March 21.
The existing door of the sanctum sanctorum, which developed tiny cracks, would be replaced with the new one today evening, temple authorities said.
The holy door, made of quality teak wood, is plated with at least four kilogram of gold after engraving and embossing it with copper.
A group of Sabarimala devotees, led by one Unni Namboothiri, met the expenses of the new door as an offering to the presiding deity, Travancore Devaswom Board (TDB) president A Padmakumar said.
“The new door is dedicated by them as an offering to Lord Ayyappa. The existing door has developed some cracks. A devaprashnam (astrological consultation) was also made some time back regarding the changing of the door,” he told PTI earlier.
“The new door is designed in such a way that the gold platings can be removed if the door suffers any damage in course of time,” the TDB chief said.
The door would be brought to Elampally Dharmasasta Temple, from where it would be taken in a procession to the Sabarimala shrine as a procession on March 10, he added.
The TDB officials would receive the holy door at Sannidhanam, the Sabarimala temple complex.