The temple at Shree Ayyappaa Kshetram has been closed since March 2020 due to governmental restrictions. The press release from the temple below refers:
According to Scriptural injunctions a hindu temple should be revitalised and a Kumba Abishegam performed after every 12 years that a temple is in existence. This affords an opportunity to improve and maintain the structures and surroundings as well as a wonderful time to bring a congregation of worshipers together with renewed energy.
Despite the temple being closed we have made a concerted effort to maintain continued progress and have attempted to make maximum use of this time to begin the temple refurbishment and renovations in preparation for the Kumba Abishegam.
We are pleased to share an update of the progress together with some pictures below.
In November 2020, we embarked on the restoration of the temple complex which included resurfacing, painting and ceilings. We expect this phase of the project to be completed at the end of March 2021. The next phases will include, walkways, flooring, ablution block revamp etc.
The current social situation does not allow us the freedom to set a date for the Kumba Abishegam however we will ensure that the refurbishment project is completed and that you are kept informed. We look forward to sharing the celebration of the Kumba Abishegam with all the devotees of Shree Ayyappa Kshetram.
We appeal to all of you to consider making a financial contribution to aid us in the completion of this project. Any amount that you are able to contribute will be greatly appreciated, it is not the amount that matters but the understanding that our combined efforts will ensure that this project is a success.
We thank you sincerely for your support, encouragement and most importantly your involvement at Shree Ayyappaa Kshetram.
- The temple remains closed until further notice.
- The river area remains open for immersing ashes. Note : Access to the river must be arranged by contacting us from the website or facebook page. Numbers must limited , All COVID 19 protocols to be followed. i.e Social distancing, wearing a mask and sanitizing.
- No online/live stream of Pooja. This was a difficult decision that had to be taken based on the fact that an online presentation would require roughly 20 people to gather, a combination of PBM members as well as service providers for sound , streaming etc. This would pose a risk to the heath of all those present as well as those they would come into contact with thereafter.