Sabarimala temple News
The Sabarimala Lord Ayyappa temple will open for monthly five-day pooja on October 16 amid the rising cases of coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. The Travancore Devasom Board (TDB) made the announcement and also the protocols for devotees. The religious places have been re-opened since June after being closed for devotees from March 24 when the nation-wide COVID-19 lockdown was implemented.
On August 21st, almost two weeks after the hospitalization of SPB, a decline in his condition, an Usha Puja’ followed by a ‘Gaana-archana’ (Musical offering) was performed for Lord Ayyappa, the presiding deity of the temple. It is notable that the singer had sung several songs in praise of the deity Swami Ayyappa. In 2015, he was awarded the ‘Harivarasanam award’ that is instituted by the Kerala Government and the Travancore Devaswom Board, which manages the temple.
In a first-ever in the history of the Sabarimala Ayyappan temple, the Devaswom board has come forward to perform a special puja for singer SP Balasubrahmanyam. An ‘Usha Puja’ followed by a ‘Gaana-Archana’ (Musical offering) was performed for Lord Ayyappa, the presiding deity of the temple on Friday. A musician of the temple’s governing board played the Naadhaswaram to the tune of SPB’s national award-winning song Shankara Naadhashareera.