Ayyappa and Bhavani devotees in large numbers performed ‘fire walking' ritual here coinciding with the auspicious ‘Mandalam festival' at Sabarimala.

Devotees from various parts took part in the ‘Akhanda bhajana' at the grand pandal erected near the Ganesh temple at the Nellore bus stand centre here in the late hours of Sunday.

‘Padi pooja' was performed to Lord Ayyappa amidst chants of ‘Swamye Saranam Ayyappa'.