Thousands of devotees from different parts of the country offered worship at the hill shrine of Sabarimala on the auspicious occasion of the 'Makarajyothi' this evening, marking the finale of the two-month-long pilgrimage to the Lord Ayyappa temple.
Thousands of Ayyappa devotees on Saturday offered worship at the famous hill shrine here during the 'mandala pooja', which marked the conclusion of the first phase of the two-month-long pilgrimage season.
Congress-led UDF government in Kerala on Tuesday faced embarrassment in the Assembly after an MLA in the treasury benches raised corruption charges against the Public Works Department Ministry headed by VK Ebrahim Kunju.
Kerala Government will soon submit to Centre a memorandum seeking to declare the famous hill shrine of Lord Ayyappa at Sabarimala as a National Pilgrim Centre and would also seek a special financial package for the on-going development projects.
A departmental probe report has found five officials guilty of allowing the 11-year-old daughter of Sabarimala temple Chief Priest to visit the shrine, where entry of women in the age group of 10-50 is barred.
Making a strong pitch to declare the hill shrine of Sabarimala a National Pilgrim centre, an organisation of devotees from the southern states demanded better facilities and hygienic conditions for the around four crore devotees visiting the temple annually.
Additional police personnel would be deployed at Sabarimala during the current `Mandalam` and `Makaravilakku` pilgrimage season to the hill shrine of Lord Ayyappa in view of the heavy rush of devotees, a top police official has said.