Thiruvananthapuram: Flights will remain closed for five hours on November 1 at Thiruvananthapuram airport in Kerala. It happens twice a year when flights here are closed for this period. According to the information, this is done before the Alapasi Aarattu procession of Sri Padmanabhaswamy temple. During this time all domestic and international flights originating from the airport are rescheduled.
ritual bathing of the deity
The rituals of bathing the deity have been carried out by the Sri Padmanabhaswamy temple for centuries. Due to which the airport is closed. This festival is celebrated twice a year. The first festival at the beginning of the year takes place between March and April. After this, this festival is celebrated around October and November.
traditional arattu procession
The airport authority said that flight services have been suspended for five hours on Tuesday. The centuries-old Vishnu temple has been traditionally managed by the family heirs of the temple, the erstwhile ruler of Travancore, Marthanda Varma, for more than a thousand years. The airport takes place every year in the traditional Arattu procession with the traditional bathing of Arattu—the deity.
Celebrations of Krishna Swami carry the Deity
During this the idol of Lord Vishnu is taken to Shankumugham beach. Which is just behind the airport in Thiruvananthapuram. During the procession, priests in Garuda vehicle along with hundreds of people and four elephants carrying the utsav Vigraha of the deities Padmanabhaswamy, Narasimha Murthy and Krishna Swamy with richly decorated covers and the procession proceeds from the runway to Shankumugham Beach. After taking a dip in this beach the idols will be taken back to the temple in a procession with traditional torches. After which the festival ends.