The auspicious Mandalapuja at the Sabarimala Ayyappa Temple will be performed at 12.30 p.m. on December 27. The sacred golden attire, Thanka Anki, will be taken to the Sannidhanam on December 26 afternoon. The Ayyappa idol will be decorated with the sacred golden attire prior to the Mandalapuja to be held along with the Utchapuja on December 27. A Kalabhabhishekom will also be performed at the Ayyappa temple prior to the Utchapuja.
The Ayyappa temple will be closed after the Athazhapuja in the evening, marking the culmination of the 41-day Mandalam festival. The temple will be reopened after two days, on December 30 afternoon, for the Makaravilakku festival.