Published By: Pragati Pal
Last Updated: October 24, 2023, 00:10 IST
Thiruvananthapuram [Trivandrum], India
Flight providers had been placed on maintain for 5 hours at the worldwide airport right here on Monday in a biannual custom to allow the standard ‘arattu’ procession of the Sree Padmanabhaswamy temple to move by the runway.
Flight providers resumed round 9 pm after the procession returned to the temple.
Sporting the standard inexperienced silk cap, an emerald necklace and carrying the ceremonial sword, the current head of the erstwhile Travancore royal household, Sree Moolam Tirunal Rama Varma, braved the heavy rains and led the procession from the temple to Shankumugham seashore close by.
It started from the shrine at round 5.00 pm and, moreover the male members of the royal household, a lot of devotees and six caparisoned elephants had been additionally a part of the procession that minimize throughout the airport runway to the seashore.
After getting into the airport premises, the ‘utsava Vigrahas’ (idols) of Padmanabha Swamy, Narasima Moorthy and Krishna Swami, had been saved at the ‘arattu mandapam’ close to the runway for a while and later taken to the close by seashore for the rituals.
After a dip within the sea off Shankumugham seashore, the idols had been then taken again to the shrine in a procession lit by conventional torches marking the conclusion of the pageant.
Flight providers had been resumed at round 9 pm after the procession returned to the temple and the tarmac was cleaned and declared match for air operations, an airport supply stated.
Around 4 flights set to depart from the Thiruvananthapuram International Airport had been rescheduled for the annual ‘arattu’, the supply stated.
The airport has been pausing operations and rescheduling flights twice yearly for many years to allow the biannual centuries-old ceremonial procession of the shrine to move by the runway.
The apply of the temple procession passing by the route to succeed in the Shankumugham seashore for the holy tub of the idols started centuries in the past and it has been persevering with even after the institution of the airport in 1932.
When the airport was constructed at that individual place, the then Travancore King Sree Chithira Thirunal had made it clear that facility can be open to the general public for 363 days in a yr and for two days for Lord Padmanabha, the titular deity of the royal household, in accordance with historians.
The royal-era ritual has been upheld to this present day, even after the federal government took over the airport from the royal household, and even since a personal firm took over its operations in 2021.