Sabarimala Shrine Opens For Annual Pilgrimage


INDIA, November 15, 2012 (Daily Pioneer): The Lord Ayyappa shrine at Sabarimala, Kerala’s famous mountainous Hindu pilgrim centre, opened on Thursday evening for the annual Mandalam-Makaravilakku pilgrimage amidst tight security measures.
The pilgrimage season starting on the morning of Friday, the first day of Vrischikam month of the Malayalam calendar, will conclude on January 20 after the sighting of the holy Makara Jyoti on the eve of the Makaram month, falling on January 14. There will be a four-day recess after the conclusion of the 41-day Mandalam phase with special pujas on December 26. The sanctum sanctorum was opened for the pilgrimage at 5.30 pm on Thursday by the outgoing chief priest in the presence of Tanthri (traditional chief priest) Kantararu Rajeevaru.

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