The customary Erumeli Petta Thullal, an important event of the annual Sabarimala pilgrimage festival, held on Wednesday.
Petta Thullal, the annual ritual marking the victory of Lord Ayyappa over demon Mahishi, will be performed by Ambalappuzha team and Alangattu team by taking processions from Erumeli Petta Sastha temple to the Erumeli Sree Dharma Sastha temple.
The 500-member Ambalappuzha team, led by 85-old Kalathil Chandrasekharan Nair, begUn the ritual at 12.30 pm.
Travancore Devaswom Board president Prayar Gopalakrishnan and members Ajay Tharayil and K Raghavan will receive the procession.
The 300-strong Alangattu team led by Periyon Vijayakumar and Rajappan Nair BEGUN Petta Thullal at 2.30 pm.Led by caparisoned elephant carrying the Thidambu of Sree Dharma Sastha and artists playing temple percussion instruments, the Pettathullal team danced to tune of the instruments. Witnessed by hundreds of people on both sides of the road up to the East Fort of the Lord Dharma Sastha Temple, the team led by Travancore Devaswom Board member K Raghavan accorded a traditional reception to the Pettathullal team. The ritual by the Ambalappuzha team was concluded after offering prayers in front of Lord Dharma Sastha temple after circumambulating the nalambalam at 2.30 PM.
Petta by Alangattu team: The Pettathullal offering by the 300-membee Alangattu team led by Vijayakumar and Rajappan Nair from Petta Sastha Temple at 3 PM after witnessing “Star” on the sky above the temple. The devotees with sandalwood pulp on their forehead were received at Erumley Lord Sastha Temple by the devaswom authorities at 4 PM.
The pettathullal ritual was concluded after the team circumambulating the nalambalam of the temple at 4.30 pm. The pettathullal team will reach Sabarimala on January 13 after trekking Azhuthakadavu-Karimala traditional forest route and participating in the customary Pampa Sadya at Valiyanavattom on January 13 noon.