Thousands of pilgrims arrived at Sabarimala temple to pay obeisance to Lord Ayyappa as its doors were opened on November 18. The devotees gathered for the ‘Harivarasanam’ ritual at Sabarimala Sree Dharma Sastha Temple, commencing a two-month-long pilgrimage to the hill shrine.The reopening of the temple also signalled the start of the two-month-long pilgrimage season and the beginning of the Makaravilakku celebration. The Sabarimala pilgrimage is one of the most important Hindu pilgrimages in India. The temple is dedicated to Lord Ayyappa and millions of pilgrims visit the temple every year.This year’s pilgrimage season is expected to be a special one, as it will be the first pilgrimage season since the Supreme Court of India lifted the ban on women of reproductive age from entering the temple. The Kerala government and the Travancore Devaswom Board are committed to ensuring that all the pilgrims have a safe and comfortable pilgrimage.