Sabarimala temple reopens in Kerala
The famous Sabarimala temple in Kerala also reopened on Sunday evening for the annual two-month-long Mandala-Makaravillakku season. Strict Covid-19 protocols are in place.
A PTI news report, quoting sources, said pilgrims would be allowed inside the temple only from today. It may be noted that no special pujas were held on Sunday.
Melshanti AK Sudheer Namboothiri opened the doors of the sanctum sanctorum and lit the lamps at 5 pm on Sunday in the presence of Tantri Kandararu Rajeevaru, marking the start of the 62-day long pilgrim season.
The newly elected Sabarimala Mel Santhi VK Jayaraj Potti and Malikkapuram Melsanthi MN Raj Kumar were the first to climb the holy 18 steps and offer prayers.
It is worth mentioning that there would be an online booking system for devotees to book slots for offering prayers. Each day, 1,000 pilgrims, who have booked through the virtual queue system, would be allowed to offer prayers. All of these devotees have to carry the Covid-19 negative certificate, which has to be taken 24 hours before they reach Nilackkal and Pamba base camps.