On the second day after the hill shrine was opened, Sabarimala temple witnessed a heavy rush of pilgrims on Friday. The two month long pilgrim season started on 17th Thursday.
It is said that devotees had to wait six to seven hours for the darsan of Lord Ayyappa as the queue to ‘Sannidhanam’ reached up to ‘Marakkoottam’ by this evening. Owing to heavy rush, security personnel’s had to block the way of pilgrims at Pampa at regular intervals. As per statistics, around 16 to 20 thousand pilgrims stay back at the temporary shelters at Sannidanam every day.
The temple will be open from 3 am to 11.45 pm, barring a two hour break from 1 pm to 3 pm to ease down the heavy rush. During previous years, the darsan timings was from 4 am to 11 pm with a two and a half hour break in between 1. 30 pm to 4 pm.
Travancore Devaswom Board (TDB) authorities said that enough quantity of ‘prasadam’ (offerings) was available for distribution and ‘abhishekam’ timings has been extended up to 11. 30 pm.