: Lord Ayyappa Temple at Sabarimala was closed after the week-long annual Vishu festival on Thursday evening.

Hundreds of devotees offered worship at the temple on Thursday.

The Laksharchana ritual was performed at the Ayyappa Temple at forenoon.

Tantri (chief priest) Kandararu Rajeevararu led the ritual. Twenty priests took part in the ritual.

The Tantri, assisted by Melsanthi, N.Damodaran Potti, prepared the Brahmakalasom in a golden urn and the kalasom (holy water) in 1,000 small copper urns for the Sahasrakalasabhishekom, which was performed prior to the Utchapuja.