Sabarimala Temple was closed on Tuesday evening after the Mandala pooja, the ritual marking the conclusion of the first phase of the annual Mandalam-Makaravilakku pilgrimage season. Mandala pooja was held in hill shrine after adorning the idol with ‘thanka anki’, which was brought here on Monday after a four-day journey from Aranmula Sree Parthasarathy temple.Kalabhabhishekam was performed on the idol of Lord Ayyappa, prior to the pooja.
The temple will reopen on December 30th,2011 for the 21-day Makaravilakku season.
The procession carrying the Thiruvabharanam will be taken out from Pandalam Valiyakoickal Sree Dharma Sastha Temple on January 13. The auspicious Makarasamkrama pooja at Lord Ayyappa Temple will be held at 12.58 am on January 15, 2012.
The Makaravilakku will be conducted at 6.30 pm on January 15, after adorning the Thiruvabharanam on the idol of Lord Ayyappa, . The procession from Malikappuram Devi Temple will be carried out from January 15 to 20.
Lord Ayyappa temple will be closed at 7 am on January 21, 2012