The Kerala government has made an announcement that the world renowned Lord Ayyappan Sabarimala temple will be open for devotees from October.
The darshan of Sabarimala Lord Ayyappa will be out of bounds for lakhs of devotees this year owing to Covid-19 related restrictions. Only 25,000 persons will be allowed entry to the temple as against the previous daily average of one lakh visitors in season’s peak, according to the Travancore Devaswom Board
According to the government, the temple will be opened in the month of October for devotees for puja with certain restrictions in place. Today, Sri Padmanabhaswamy temple in Thiruvananthapuram, another famous temple in Kerala, started allowing devotees.
The Travancore Dewasom Board (TDB), which runs 1000-odd temples in south Kerala, had decided to open all shrines under its control from August 17, Malayalam New Year Day, except Sabarimala.
Recently, Sabarimala temple started the five-day monthly pooja. The temple had reopened on Sunday, on the eve of the pooja in the Malayalam month of Chingam.