SABARIMALA: Unnikrishnan Namboodiri of Cherpulasserry in Palakkad has been selected as the melsanthi of Sabarimala. Manukumar M E of Changanacherry in Kottayam has been selected as the melsanthi of Malikappuram.
Navneeth Sarma and Lavanya S Raja of Pandalam Palace drew the lots to select the two melsanthis. M Manoj, special commissioner appointed by the Kerala High Court supervised the draw of lots. The new melsanthis will assume charge of Vrischikam 1st.
The temple opened last evening at 5.30 pm for the poojas to be held in the Malayalam month of Thulam. The rituals began with the tantri performing the Ashtadravya Maha Ganapati Homam Monday morning.