Russian pilgrims visit

12 Russian pilgrims visit at Sabarimala, offer prayers
A group of 12 Russian pilgrims dressed in customary black outifits, chanting ”Saranam mantras,” offered prayers at the hill shrine of Sabarimala. Most of the pilgrims, which included businessmen and students, had visited the famed hill temple earlier. Two of them, one a little girl who came with her grandmother, were ‘kanni ayaappanamaar’ or first time pilgrims, a release said here. The team was led by Induchoodan, a Russian from St Petersburg, who is an Ayurvedic doctor and teacher in Russia. He is visiting Sabarimala for the 15th time. The team reached Paanchaalipeeda Ashram in Idukki where they tied their ‘irumudikettu’ and reached Sabarimala.