Sabarimala: Hundreds of Ayyappa devotees on Wednesday worshipped at the famous hill shrine of Lord Ayyappa on the auspicious occasion of Mandalapuja festival.
The Mandalapuja was held in the afternoon with the deity adorned with the 'Thanka Anki' (golden attire).
The temple will be closed after the Athazhapuja (night puja) on Wednesday marking the culmination of the first phase of the two-month long pilgrimage season.
The temple witnessed heavy rush of devotees and it will reopen for the 'Makaravilakku' festival on December 30. Makaravilakku falls on January 14.
A 'Kalabhabhishekom' (sandal paste offering) was also performed to the deity prior to the 'Utchapuja' (afternoon puja).