The sacred grove of Sabarimala situated in the Periyar Tiger Reserve once again started reverberating with `Swamiyei Saranam Ayyappa’ chants as scores of devotees from different parts of the country began to trek the holy hills on their annual pilgrimage to the forest shrine dedicated to Lord Ayyappa on Saturday.
The temple was opened in an atmosphere charged with devotion on Saturday afternoon for the two-month-long Mandalam-Makaravilakku pilgrim season that begins on the first day in the Malayalam month of Vrischikom on Sunday.
Outgoing head priest (Melsanthi) V.N. Narayanan Namboodiri opened the sanctum sanctorum in the presence of chief ...
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