Five held for pouring mercury on gold covered base; investigations are on
Hundreds of devotees witnessed the ceremonial installation of the new temple mast at Sabarimala on Sunday.
People from different parts of the country thronged the holy hillock to witness the event.
The tantri, Kandararu Rajeevararu, assisted by his son and junior Tantri, Kandararu Brahmadattan Rajeevararu, and the Melsanthi, T.M. Unnikrishnan Namboodiri, performed the rituals.
Special puja was performed to the gold-covered ‘vaajivahanam’ idol before it was taken out in a procession to the temple mast by 12 noon.
The sacred ‘marappani’ and ‘panchavadyam’ were the accompaniments.
The tantri installed the ‘vaajivahanam’ atop the temple mast amid loud chants. The auspicious ‘kalasabhishekom’ (pouring of holy water) was performed to the ‘Vaajivahanam’ and the holy mast, later.
The Travancore Devaswom Board’s decision to replace the old mast with a new one came on the basis of the recommendations made by Vasthu experts in the wake of an astrological consultation held at Sabarimala.
Meanwhile, five persons were taken into custody by the Pampa police for pouring a liquid on the gold-covered base (Panchavargathara) of the newly installed temple mast.
The golden surface that came into contact with the liquid has blurred and goldsmiths have identified it as mercury.
The police managed to trace the culprits on the basis of a CCTV footage showing them pouring the liquid on the temple mast.
Police sources said the five, reportedly hailing from Vijayawada in Andhra Pradesh, have stated that the pouring of the liquid was a custom in their home State.
The police also recovered a small bottle of liquid from them.
There were reports that one of them had tried to climb on the temple mast, earlier.
Superintendent of Police Satheesh Beno said a case had been registered and investigation was progressing.