|Thiruvabharanam procession to Sabarimalanewindianexpress.|
|.Thiruvabharanam procession to Sabarimala. flickr.com|
|Sbarimala Sri Ayyappan temple, Kerala. .livehindustan.com|
The belief is that the ruler of Pandalam has adopted God Ayyappan, a Naishtika (Naitik) Brahmachari (celibate) as his child. Thiruvabharanam is always under the safe custody of the Pandalam ruler on his palace premises and it is near the Valiyakoikkal Temple, The tradition has it every year, the ornaments are taken to Sabarimala in a big procession charged with religious fervor and devotion. Pujas are done to Ayyappan idol wearing the golden ornaments sent by the Pandalam family from their palace. Once the season is over, the golden ornaments are safely returned to the Srambickal Palace for safe custody.
|Pandalam Valiyakoyikkal palace en.wikipedia.com|
The titular ruler of Pandalam is not allowed to travel to Sabarimala, so he nominates somebody associated withe the palace to accompany the procession. His representative follows the religious Thiruvabharanam procession on a palanquin. The golden ornaments are to be worn by the lord on the day of Makara Jyothi, Soon after the pilgrim season, the return procession of the Thiruvabharanam starts from Sabarimala and reaches back Pandalam.
|Makara Jyoth dharshan. Sbarimala Sri Ayyappan temple, Kerala. latestly.com|
The representatives carry three caskets called Thriuvabharana Petti (sacred ornaments to be worn by the lord), the Velli Petti (silver vessel for conducting puja ) , and the Kodi Petti (flag casket to be hoisted in the temple). Both ornaments and Puja utensils include an assortment of various items. As for Kodi petti - flag box, it contains elephant caparison -Jeevatha, flags of Thalapparamala and Udamparamala Mezhuvatta Kuda.
The procession will begin every year on the 12 of January around 1 pm. The good oman is the sighting of a species of kite called garuda (''Krishnaparunthu”in Malayalam) on the sky. The belief is it accompanies the long procession, covering a distance of 83 km. This year it was the 54th procession to the Sabarimala temple and normally ,the team will consist of 10 to 12 people and the security will be provided by 20 member armed police team.
Makaravilakku commemorates the 41-day strenuous fast and austerities being followed by millions of people across the country to go on a pilgrimage to the holy shrine of Sabarimala. Makaravilakku is an important event and people in lakhs will watch the Joythoi darshnam there in the evening and eagerly