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Sabarimala Ayyappa Temple March 2008 Monthly Puja and Annual Festival

The annual festival, Ulsavam, of the Sabarimala Ayyappa Temple in Kerala will be held from March 12, 2008 to March 21, 2008. Apart from this the temple will also have its monthly pujas during this period. The monthly pujas are held from the first to the fifth day of every Malayalam month.
In March 2008, the temple will open at 1730 hrs on March 11. Monthly pujas will begin on March 12, 2008. The temple festival, Ulsavam, will also begin on the same day with the Kodiyettam – hoisting of the temple flag.
Arattu, the bathing of the deity, and the closing ceremony of the temple festival will be held on March 21.
There will be also special pujas for Panguni Uthiram on March 21.
Thousands of Ayyappa devotees who like to avoid the huge rush during the Mandala Makaravilakku season (November – January) make use of the monthly puja days. Nowadays, even these few days are attracting huge crowds.
It must be remembered that Sabarimala Ayyappa Temple remains closed for the majority of the period in a year.
(Image Courtesy Manorama Temple Guide)