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the chariot will begin the journey around 7.15 am toward the Sabarimala in the midst of chants of Swamiye Saranam Ayyappa. The participants can feel the religious ecstasy and fervor through out the journey to the hill temple. To avoid and avert certain unsavoury and untoward incidents on the way the procession
is accompanied by a contingent of 25 armed police team
headed by DSP. This will be witnessed by many VIPS and govt. officials.
As for the golden attire, records show that it was presented to the
Sabarimala Ayyappa Temple in 1973 by the late Chithira Tirunaal Balarama Varma of the erstwhile Travancore royal dynasty as his special offering to the presiding deity. The rulers of Travancore for centuries have been ardent Hindus and give due importance to the preservation and retention of our age-old Hindu temple rituals and traditions, besides upholding the culture of Kerala. Their contribution to the Hindu temples in terms of grants and jewels is vast.
The Travancore Devaswom Board since 1973 has been observing this custom every year by reverentially taking the Thanga Anki to Sabarimala during the Mandala Puja in January ever year. The jewel that weighs 420 sovereigns is worn by Lord Ayyappan during the Mandala Puja.
The religious procession will get to Raktakanta Swami Temple at Omalloor near Pathanamthitta, later, in the evening.Then, it will pass through Muringamangalam Temple near Konni and then will halt at the Kakkattu Koickal Sastha Temple at Perinad on December 25 evening. On December 26 before noon the procession will reach Pampa; en route at several places the procession will get special treatment. From Pampa to the Sannidhanam the wooden box containing Thanga Anki will be entrusted to the Ayyppa Seva Sanghom volunteers. They will carry the box on their head to the temple in a separate procession. The anki will adorn the lord prior to the deeparadhana to be held at the Ayyappa Temple, later, in the evening Mandalapuja. The box will be will be open for Makaravilakku festival - on January 14. Earlier the main deity will be adorned with the Anki before the Mandala-puja to be held as part of the Utcha puja (Utcha Kala puja) between 1 pm and 1.30 pm on December 27.
After the Athazha puja, later, at 11.45 pm, the Ayyappa Temple will be closed marking the end of the 41-day Mandalam festival.The temple will reopen on December 30 afternoon for the Makarvilakku https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/kerala/thanka-anki-procession-sets-off-to-sabarimala/article2741610.ece