Pathanamthitta: V.K Jayaraj Potti has been chosen as the 'Melsanthi' (head priest) of the Lord Ayyappa temple in Sabarimala.
Jayaraj was selected through a draw of lots on Saturday. A native of Kodungalloor, Jayaraj will be the 'melsanthi' for the next year.
Meanwhile, M.N Rajikumar, an Angamaly native, has been selected as the 'Melsanthi' at the Malikappuram Devi Temple.
Both priests will take charge of the pilgrimage season from November 16.