Pathanamthitta: The sanctum sanctorum of Sabarimala hill shrine of Lord Ayyappa temple opened for devotees for seasonal Mandala vilakku at 5.30 pm on Saturday. Kandararu Maheshwar Mohanaru and Meelshanti, tantri and Vasudevan Namubudiri, Meelshanthi (chief priest) together opened the sanctum sanctorum. The two priests opened the sanctum sanctorum by encircling the temple, ringing the bell at sanctum sanctorum and awakening Ayyappa from yoga nidra to inform over the arrival of devotees.
The devotees will get the opportunity to see the lord in saintly dress. The turban at head with jabamala on neck, in a highest completive state called Chinmudrankita position which is once in a day during mandala vilakku.
On Saturday no special poojas will be held at temple. The lord will be in a stature of being awaken from Yoganidra from next Malayalam month onwards.