In keeping with the Thiruvananthapuram Worldwide Airport Ltd (TIAL), flight companies on the worldwide airport will likely be quickly suspended for 5 hours on Monday to allow the normal “Arattu” procession of Sree Padmanabhaswamy temple to cross by the runway.
The ritual aligns with a long-standing custom related to the Travancore Royals. TIAL introduced that flight companies could be suspended between 4 pm and 9 pm to accommodate the Alpassi Arattu procession on the Sree Padmanabhaswamy temple.
The companies of 4 flights have been rescheduled because of the ceremony, the airport stated.
After the procession returns to the temple, the tarmac could be cleaned and inspected and solely after that the flight companies would resume, it stated. The airport has been pausing operations and rescheduling flights twice yearly for many years to allow the bi-annual centuries-old ceremonial procession of the shrine to cross by the runway.
The apply of the temple procession passing alongside the route to achieve the Shangumugham seashore for the holy bathtub 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 within the explicit place, the then Travancore King Sree Chithira Thirunal had made it clear that the ability could be open to the general public for 363 days in a 12 months and for 2 days for Lord Padmanabha, the titular deity of the royal household, in line with historians.
The royal-era ritual has been persevering with even after the Adani Group took over the administration of the airport.