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Time of chanting ‘Swami Saranam’

Lord Ayyappa devotees will begin their Swami Saranam chanting from Tuesday (17 Nov) onward to mark the beginning of Malayalm month Vrischikam.The picture shows that devotees check out the variety of beads that are available in Kozhikode market ahead of the start of Sabarimala pilgrimage season.
Devotees initiate the vratham by wearing a Thulasi or a Rudraksha mala. After this ceremony, the male pilgrim and the female pilgrim (aged 1-12 and after 55) are addressed as Ayyapan/Swamy and Maalikappuram respectively, until their completion of the pilgrimage. The devotees will wear only black colored clothings during their vratham.

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