Pampa Sadya, Pampa Vilaku celebrated

via www.expressbuzz.com published on January 14, 2010

SABARIMALA: Thousands of pilgrims on Wednesday celebrated the customary Pampa Sadya and Pampa Vilaku, as part of the annual Makaravilaku festival.


As part of the Pampa Sadya, thousands of pilgrims prepared full-fledged traditional sadya in their makeshift resting places at Valiyanavattom and served to the members of the group as well as to other pilgrims.

The pilgrims, who pass through Valiyanavattom on the traditional forest route of Azhuthakadavu-Karimala, were offered Pampa sadya.

Pampa Vilaku: Pilgrims celebrated Pampa Vilaku by lighting the traditional small lamps, made of mud, and candles on makeshift floating craft, made of bamboo.

The pilgrims after lighting the lamps and candles floated the craft on the surface of Pampa river so that it kept on moving.

Darsan restrictions: The Devaswom authorities imposed restrictions for darsan on the pilgrims on the solar eclipse day on January 15.

As part of the restrictions, the temple will be opened for darsan from 3 a.m. to 10 a.m., instead of from 4 a.m. to 1 p.m. The temple will reopen at 3 p.m. instead of 4 p.m. and will remain open till 11.30 p.m. instead of 11 p.m.

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