Krishnankutty was also a former assistant editor at Malayala Manorama.
Inspired by Thyagaraja Swamigal Alleppey Ranganath introduced Pancharathna Krithikal in Malayalam and recently he had composed Malayalam keerthana based on 72 Mela Kartha ragas.
Devaswom officials had estimated that roughly 70,000 pilgrims were present at the hill shrine on the occasion of 'Makaravilakku'
The Lord Ayyappa shrine reopened Friday ahead of the Makaravilakku Festival.
Travancore Devaswom Board president K Ananda Gopan said that the board so far received Rs 78.92 crore as total revenue from the temple.
Despite COVID-19 situation, hundreds of devotees have been trekking the hills to offer prayers at the Ayyappa temple.
After the ritualist poojas, the new priests - N Parameshwaran Namboothiri for Sabarimala and Shabhu Namboothiri for the Malikappuram Devi temple - took charge.
Chartered services of the KSRTC have been arranged for Ayyappa devotees from key railway stations and depots.
Pinarayi Vijayan's political shrewdness came to the fore when he put to rest the 'toddy tapper's son' controversy that, if allowed to fester, could have done him and the LDF unnecessary political harm.
Kerala High Court judge justice P Gopinath, who took part in the function, said there is no other sacred activity than cleaning the premises and removing garbage.