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The presiding deity was invoked into a small Ayyappa idol for the `arat' held at the specially-prepared `arat kadavu' in front of the Pampa Ganpathi Temple.
The `arat' procession set off from the Sannidhanam to Pampa at 9 a.m. to the accompaniment of a caparisoned elephant and traditional temple orchestra. The Tantri, Kantaru Rajeevaru, assisted by the Melsanthi, Gosala Vishnu Vasudevan, performed the `arat' pooja and the `utcha pooja'. The Ayyappa idol was kept at the Ganapathi Temple precincts for the pilgrims to have darshan and to offer the customary `nirapara' to the presiding deity till 3 p.m. The deity was taken back to the Sannidhanam in a procession, later.
The festival came to a close with the Tantri bringing down the ceremonial flag on the holy mast as soon.
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