Thiruvananthapuram (Kerala): Ahead of the Makaravilakku festival, a large number of devotees gathered at the Sabarimala Temple on Wednesday.
Makaravilakku is an annual festival held on Makarasankranthi day which is January 14. It is believed, that a light will appear in the sky on Makaravilakku day and people wait for this light before darshan. As per official sources, devotees are doing virtual bookings ahead of the visit.
Devotees will be permitted to enter Sabarimala temple till 12 noon on the day of Makaravilakku. Makar Sankranti Pooja will be held at 8.45pm as per sources.
All arrangements for the darshan of Makaravilakku have been completed as per sources.
All precautions as per the guidelines of the Kerala High court will be followed, said the temple authority.
All measures will be taken to control the crowd. As per the sources, strong security will be provided in all viewpoints of Makaravilakku.
Police have decided the number of devotees who can camp at each point as per sources.
About 26,000 devotees will be allowed in Pandithavalam and about 3,000 devotees in Sannidhanam.
As per the sources, the Thanga Angi procession where the ornaments worn by Lord
Ayyappa during the time of the Puja on Makaravilakku day were carried out, will start from Pandalam tomorrow, which is Thursday.
Earlier in December, the Sabarimala Temple witnessed a heavy rush of devotees amid the ongoing annual pilgrimage season, an official statement from the Temple management committee said.
Officials said that the temple has witnessed a heavy rush of devotees since December 11, and a maximum of 1.07 lakh devotees visited the temple on December 12.