Sabarimala's Lord Ayyappa Temple opens for Mandalam-Makaravilakku festival

Sabarimala, November 16: The doors of Lord Ayyappa Temple at Sabarimala opened on 15 November, for pilgrims to mark the beginning of a two-month-long annual Mandalam-Makaravilakku festival, November 16.
Sabarimala's Lord Ayyappa 
Outgoing head priest VK Jayaraj Potti opened the sanctum sanctorum in the presence of a chief priest (Tantri) Kandararu Mahesh on November 15 after which the upadevata temples were reopened and the sacred fire was transferred to the Asahi.