Mandala Pooja was performed to Lord Ayyappa temple at Sabarimala on 26th. After this the temple was closed that evening. Now the Lord Ayyappa temple at Sabarimala will be opened for the Makaravilakku festival on Friday afternoon. Melsanthi T.M. Unnikrishnan Namboodiri will open the sanctum sanctorum at 5 p.m. on Friday and the rituals will begin with Tantri Kandararu Rajeevararu performing the Ashtadravya Maha Ganapathi homom on Saturday morning.
The Makaravilakku will be celebrated on January 14 and the temple will be closed on January 20 morning, marking the culmination of the annual pilgrimage.