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Sabarimala Temple Opens for Makaravilakku Festival | Kochi News

Kottayam: The temple of Sabarimala was inaugurated Thursday evening for the season of the pilgrimage of Makaravilakku. Chief Priest N Parameswaran Namboothiri opened the shrine in the presence of Tantri (Chief Priest) Kandararu Mahesh Mohanararu.
The temple was closed after the pooja mandala on December 26. Although the temple was opened on Thursday for the Makaravilakku festival, worshipers will not have darshan allowed until Friday morning. Makaravilakku is January 14. Devotees can have darshan until January 19.
After a two-year hiatus, pilgrims will be allowed to take the traditional forest route via Karimala from Erumely. The 35 km long route from Erumely to Pamba will be open to the public from Friday morning. However, there are time restrictions for traveling on this route. Pilgrims will be allowed to access the forest road from Kozhikkalkadavu to Erumely from 5.30am to 10.30am. In Azhuthakkadavu and Mukkuzhy, entering the road is only from 7 a.m. to 12 p.m. Pilgrims will only be allowed to travel in groups on this route. No one will be allowed to take the forest path after 5 p.m.
Arrangements have been made in Valiyanavattom, Karimala, Kallidamkunnu, Mukkuzhy and Azhuthakkadavu for pilgrims to rest. Travel by this route was not permitted in the last two pilgrimage seasons due to the pandemic.