The temple town of Guruvayur is all set to welcome Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday, his first visit to Kerala after assuming charge for the second term.
He is to perform ‘thulabharam’, weighing against lotus flowers at the Sree Krishna temple on Saturday morning. Modi last performed ‘thulabharam’ with lotus flowers in 2008 when he was Gujarat Chief Minister. He had also performed the offering with ’kadalipazham’ (a variety of banana used for pujas).
This time, the Guruvayur Devaswom has arranged over 100 kg of flowers from Nagercoil in Tamil Nadu.
Modi is expected to reach Guruvayur by helicopter from Kochi where he will arrive on Friday night and proceed to the temple at 9 am. He will be welcomed with a ‘poornakumbham’ and offer ‘kanikka’, manjappattu (yellow cloth) and ‘kadali’ bananas at the sopanappadi. He will then pray in front of the deities- Krishna, Ganapati, Ayyappan and Bhagavathi and receive prasadam from the chief priest. It is only after this that ‘thulabharam’ will be performed.
There will be restrictions on the visit of devotees and vehicle traffic at the temple and around it from 7am to noon on Saturday.