Annually, on Vaisakha Suddha Tadiya (Akshaya Tritiya), devotees from all over would come walking to witness the ‘Chandanotsavam’ at Simhachalam.
There would be more than 3 lakh people who would keep walking up the hill. On this day the priests would be taking off the layers of sandalwood from the magnamus deity and perform all the rituals and again would put on the sandalwood layers.
This ritual has been performed over 11 centuries and it is for the first time there is something like this.
Seeing the current situation and the pandemic spreading all over, the devotees won’t be allowed and it will be performed by temple priest.
It will be performed on April 26 and the grinding of sandalwood and making the paste will begin on April 16.