Devotees on the Sabarimala pilgrimage have been permitted to supply prayers on the shrine in Kerala’s Pathanamthitta in a phased method after the short-term ban was lifted yesterday morning.
On Friday, authorities had issued a prohibition order on the pilgrimage following heavy rains within the district however the ban was rescinded after the climate cleared up in areas across the Sabarimala temple.
Authorities, nonetheless, urged Sabarimala devotees to take vital precautions within the wake of the opening of two shutters of the Pamba dam. The launched water is predicted to achieve the “Pamba Triveni’ which is part of the Sabarimala pilgrimage after six hours.
The water level in the river Pamba and related dams would be monitored in regular intervals and the permission for the shrine would be based on that, authorities said.
Hundreds of devotees have been trekking the hills to offer prayers at the Ayyappa temple since it opened on November 16 for the two-month-long annual Mandalam-Makaravilakku pilgrimage season.
The devotees are being allowed through a virtual queue system as part of efforts to regulate the flow of pilgrims amid the Covid pandemic. The same system was also followed last year.
The weather office has issued heavy rainfall and thunderstorm warning for parts of Kerala for Monday and Tuesday. Isolated rainfall alert has additionally been sounded for Wayanad, Idukki, Palakkad, Malappuram and Pathanamthitta the place the shrine is positioned.