The holy hillock of Sabarimala witnessed heavy rush on Saturday as a large number of devotees from different parts of South India undertook a pilgrimage to the Ayyappa shrine in the weekend.

Hundreds of devotees, including elderly women and small children, trekked the steep Neelimala-Appachimedu path leading to the Sannidhanam on Saturday.

The temple will be closed after the Athazhapuja on Monday evening, marking the culmination of the five-day monthly rituals in the Malayalam month of Edavom.

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