Lakhs throng Sabarimala for Makaravilakku darshan
With hours remaining for Makaravilakku, lakhs of pilgrims thronged Sannidhanam and nearby areas, including Pandithavalam and Saramkuthi,
for Makarajyothi and Makaravilakku darshan since Sunday evening.
Pilgrims occupied all available open space at Pandithavalam, Malikappuram, Forest IB Station, Saramkuthi and Appachimedu and built ‘parnasalas’
(temporary shelters) to guard themselves from the heat during day and severe cold at night. Devaswom authorities have built barricades at
vulnerable locations to prevent stampede-like situation at Pandithavalam, Malikappuram, Koprakalam and the open place near annadanamandapam.