Devotees from different parts of South India began to camp at Sabarimala Sannidhanam as well as the surrounding hillsides in the forest area to worship the celestial star, Makarajyoti, which appears on the eastern horizon of the Sannidhanam on the Makaravilakku day on Sunday.
Pilgrims have been camping in make-shift tents pitched at Paandithavalom, Appachimedu, Marakkoottom, Urakkuzhy and near the Malikappuram temple, copra drying yard and the Forest department office at Sannidhanam since the past two days. They cook food in the surroundings of the tents made of poles, twigs and tree branches collected from the forests.
Almost all vantage points at the Sannidhanam have been occupied by pilgrims so that they could have a trouble-free view of the deeparadhana to be performed at Ponnambalamedu on Sunday evening.
TDB have also made arrangements for the Makarajyoti darshan from the open space arranged after demolishing the damaged pilgrim shelters at Paandithavalom.