Deepa-sthhaapana and closing of sreekovil
Then the Aachaarya enters the garbha-grha and prays for the deity's . blessings and keeps three floating lamps in separate urulis (bell-metal round vessels) containing sufficient quantities of ghee in one, gingelly oil in the second and coconut oil in the third to bum the wicks for three days. The three lamps represent the , presence of thri-moortthisof Brahma, Siva and Vishnu respectively. In addition a brand new set of pooja lamps, vessels, sankh with base, pure water, akshatha, incessant sticks, fresh' flowers etc. are kept in front of the deity. The temple is then closed immediately after the above rites and re-opened on the third day ie on the ninth day of the prathishta rites. The belief is that the Devas will conduct poojas on these three days.
The Aachaarya, his assistants (pari-karmis), kazhakakkars and all those who have helped in the building and consecration of the temple are then honoured with dakshina (customary presents) following the rituals associated with it. This completes the rites on the forenoon of the sixth day.