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Parameshwaran Namboothiri appointed chief priest of Sabarimala temple | India Information – Instances of India

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: N Parameshwaran Namboothiri of Kaliykkal Madam at Mavelikkara has been chosen as the subsequent Melsanthi (chief priest) of the Sabarimala Lord Ayyappa temple for a interval of 1 12 months ranging from November 16, when the annual Mandala Puja season commences.
The collection of the chief priest was by way of a draw of heaps held on the temple sopanam on Sunday morning, the Travancore Devaswom Board (TDB) stated.
Shabhu Namboothiri of Kuravakkad Illam has been chosen because the chief priest of the adjoining Malikappuram Devi temple.
The alternatives have been made by drawing heaps from a panel of clergymen shortlisted after interviews performed by the TDB, which manages the hill shrine.
TDB stated the heaps have been drawn at 8am by the youngest member of the Pandalam royal household, Govind Varma.
In the meantime, within the wake of heavy rains, district collector Divya S Iyer has introduced a ban on pilgrimage on Sunday and Monday in view of potential risks within the forest areas together with Sabarimala and Pamba area.

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