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Mandalam Season Begins: Doors of Sabarimala Temple Opened

India | PTI | November 18, 2019, 10:25 am
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 The two-month-long Sabarimala temple festival officially opened in the wee hours on November 17, with thousands of pilgrims waiting for long to have 'darshan'. According to the police, there were about close to 50,000 pilgrims in the temple town who reached from various parts of the state besides other south Indian states. Pilgrims had to wait in the queue for more than three hours to have 'darshan' in the morning. The temple town is made up of three important places, the Nilackal base camp, where all the pilgrims have to alight and then board the state-owned transport service to reach the Pamba base camp, located about 24 kms away.<br /><br />Devotees stand in queues during rainfall to offer prayers at Lord Ayyappa temple on the 1st day of Malayalam month of 'Vrischikom,' in Sabarimala. (Image: PTI)
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The two-month-long Sabarimala temple festival officially opened in the wee hours on November 17, with thousands of pilgrims waiting for long to have 'darshan'. According to the police, there were about close to 50,000 pilgrims in the temple town who reached from various parts of the state besides other south Indian states. Pilgrims had to wait in the queue for more than three hours to have 'darshan' in the morning. The temple town is made up of three important places, the Nilackal base camp, where all the pilgrims have to alight and then board the state-owned transport service to reach the Pamba base camp, located about 24 kms away.

Devotees stand in queues during rainfall to offer prayers at Lord Ayyappa temple on the 1st day of Malayalam month of 'Vrischikom,' in Sabarimala. (Image: PTI)

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 Police personnel assist devotees to climb up the 18 sacred steps of the Lord Ayyappa temple on the 1st day of Malayalam month of 'Vrischikom,' in Sabarimala. (Image: PTI)
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Police personnel assist devotees to climb up the 18 sacred steps of the Lord Ayyappa temple on the 1st day of Malayalam month of 'Vrischikom,' in Sabarimala. (Image: PTI)

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 Devotees stand in a queue to offer prayers at Lord Ayyappa temple on the 1st day of Malayalam month of 'Vrischikom,' in Sabarimala. (Image: PTI)
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Devotees stand in a queue to offer prayers at Lord Ayyappa temple on the 1st day of Malayalam month of 'Vrischikom,' in Sabarimala. (Image: PTI)

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 Devotees stand in queues during rainfall to offer prayers at Lord Ayyappa temple on the 1st day of Malayalam month of 'Vrischikom,' in Sabarimala. (Image: PTI)
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Devotees stand in queues during rainfall to offer prayers at Lord Ayyappa temple on the 1st day of Malayalam month of 'Vrischikom,' in Sabarimala. (Image: PTI)

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 Devotees arrive at the Lord Ayyappa temple that opened for the two-month long Mandala-Makaravillakku pilgrimage season, in Sabarimala. (Image: PTI)
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Devotees arrive at the Lord Ayyappa temple that opened for the two-month long Mandala-Makaravillakku pilgrimage season, in Sabarimala. (Image: PTI)

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 A policeman assists an elderly devotee to climb up the 18 sacred steps to offer prayers at the Lord Ayyappa shrine on the 1st day of Malayalam month of 'Vrischikom, in Sabarimala. (Image: PTI)
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A policeman assists an elderly devotee to climb up the 18 sacred steps to offer prayers at the Lord Ayyappa shrine on the 1st day of Malayalam month of 'Vrischikom, in Sabarimala. (Image: PTI)

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 Devotees arrive at the Lord Ayyappa temple that opened for the two-month-long Mandala-Makaravillakku pilgrimage season, in Sabarimala. (Image: PTI)
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Devotees arrive at the Lord Ayyappa temple that opened for the two-month-long Mandala-Makaravillakku pilgrimage season, in Sabarimala. (Image: PTI)

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 Devotees stand in queues to offer prayers at Lord Ayyappa temple on the 1st day of Malayalam month of 'Vrischikom,' in Sabarimala. (Image: PTI)
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Devotees stand in queues to offer prayers at Lord Ayyappa temple on the 1st day of Malayalam month of 'Vrischikom,' in Sabarimala. (Image: PTI)

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 Devotees stand in a queue to offer prayers at Lord Ayyappa temple on the 1st day of Malayalam month of 'Vrischikom,' in Sabarimala. (Image: PTI)
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Devotees stand in a queue to offer prayers at Lord Ayyappa temple on the 1st day of Malayalam month of 'Vrischikom,' in Sabarimala. (Image: PTI)

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 Devotees arrive at the Lord Ayyappa temple that opened for the two-month long Mandala-Makaravillakku pilgrimage season, in Sabarimala. (Image: PTI)
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Devotees arrive at the Lord Ayyappa temple that opened for the two-month long Mandala-Makaravillakku pilgrimage season, in Sabarimala. (Image: PTI)

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 A devotee wears the 'sacred chain' at a temple before their pilgrimage to Lord Ayyappa temple in Sabarimala, in Chennai. The Lord Ayyappa temple in Sabarimala opened for the annual Mandala-Makaravilakku puja. (Image: PTI)
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A devotee wears the 'sacred chain' at a temple before their pilgrimage to Lord Ayyappa temple in Sabarimala, in Chennai. The Lord Ayyappa temple in Sabarimala opened for the annual Mandala-Makaravilakku puja. (Image: PTI)

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 A devotee wears the 'sacred chain' at a temple before their pilgrimage to Lord Ayyappa temple in Sabarimala, in Chennai. (Image: PTI)
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A devotee wears the 'sacred chain' at a temple before their pilgrimage to Lord Ayyappa temple in Sabarimala, in Chennai. (Image: PTI)

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 A devotee wears the 'sacred chain' at a temple before their pilgrimage to Lord Ayyappa temple in Sabarimala, in Chennai. (Image: PTI)
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A devotee wears the 'sacred chain' at a temple before their pilgrimage to Lord Ayyappa temple in Sabarimala, in Chennai. (Image: PTI)

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 Devotees stand in queues during rainfall to offer prayers at Lord Ayyappa temple on the 1st day of Malayalam month of 'Vrischikom,' in Sabarimala. (Image: PTI)
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Devotees stand in queues during rainfall to offer prayers at Lord Ayyappa temple on the 1st day of Malayalam month of 'Vrischikom,' in Sabarimala. (Image: PTI)

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 Devotees arrive at the Lord Ayyappa temple that opened for the two-month-long Mandala-Makaravillakku pilgrimage season, in Sabarimala. (Image: PTI)
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Devotees arrive at the Lord Ayyappa temple that opened for the two-month-long Mandala-Makaravillakku pilgrimage season, in Sabarimala. (Image: PTI)

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 Devotees arrive at the Lord Ayyappa temple that opened for the two-month long Mandala-Makaravillakku pilgrimage season, in Sabarimala. (Image: PTI)
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Devotees arrive at the Lord Ayyappa temple that opened for the two-month long Mandala-Makaravillakku pilgrimage season, in Sabarimala. (Image: PTI)

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 A devotee wears the 'sacred chain' at a temple before their pilgrimage to Lord Ayyappa temple in Sabarimala, in Chennai. (Image: PTI)
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A devotee wears the 'sacred chain' at a temple before their pilgrimage to Lord Ayyappa temple in Sabarimala, in Chennai. (Image: PTI)

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