Lakhs of pilgrims converge at Sabarimala

Lakhs of devotees converged at the hill shrine of Sabarimala where the auspicious `makara samkrama pooja` will be held in the evening, marking the end of the two-month-long pilgrimage to Lord Ayyappa temple.

Updated: Jan 14, 2011, 15:41 PM IST

Sabarimala: Lakhs of devotees converged
at the hill shrine of Sabarimala where the auspicious `makara
samkrama pooja` will be held in the evening, marking the end
of the two-month-long pilgrimage to Lord Ayyappa temple.

The temple and the base camp Pampa are overflowing with
devotees since the last few days, making it a challenge for
police to manage the crowd.

The pooja will be conducted at 6:44 pm followed by
darshan of the `makarajyothi`, a flicker of light across the
eastern horizon, which is considered as a divine phenomenon.

Makarasamkramam is the time when the sun moves from
`dhanu rasi` (Sagittarius zodiac sign) to `Makaram rasi`
(Capricorn).

Pilgrims have been camping at atop the hill in makeshift
tents and shacks, with devotees from Andhra Pradesh, Tamil
Nadu and Karnataka forming a major chunk of them.

Police and other state agencies have been making hectic
preparations since last several days to make the final phase
of the event smooth and event-free, temple authorities said.

Though a meticulous traffic plan has been drawn up to
avoid congestion on vital routes leading to the base camp, the
onrush of pilgrims often throw up traffic blocks.

PTI