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Thousands descend on Pandalam for 'Thiruvabharanam' procession

Press Trust of India 

Thousands thronged the temple town of in district Saturday to witness the 'Thiruvabharanam' (sacred jewellery) procession from the Valiyakoickal to for the annual 'Makaravilakku' festival.

The was shifted from the strong room of in to the adjoining Valiyakoickal temple, early in the morning for the devotees to have darshan.

Later the sacred jewels were kept in three wooden boxes to be taken to by a 22-member team headed by Kulathinal Gangadharan Pillai.

The performed special rituals at the amid chanting of 'Swami Saranam'.

The eldest male member of the Pandalam royal family handed over the ceremonial sword to the escorting the sacred jewellery.

The was taken in a palanquin to the nearby ahead of the start of the procession, which would halt at tonight and at Laha on the second night.

It would reach Saramkuthi at 5 pm on January 14 and the Sannidhanam at 6 pm.

Tantri Kandararu Rajeevararu, assisted by Melsanthi would adorn the deity with the jewellery prior to the deeparadhana on January 14.

The has deployed heavy security for the procession, which carries the sacred jewels of Lord Ayyappa.

Apart from the 22-member team, hundreds of devotees with 'irumudikettu' (holy bag consisting offerings to the deity) are also part of the procession.

Armed guards headed by of the armed reserved camp and bomb detection and disposal squad are also part of the entourage.

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First Published: Sat, January 12 2019. 17:35 IST