The Sabarimalai Temple of Ayyappa Swamy a very popular Hindu pilgrimage centre located in deep forests in Western Ghats in Kerala state in South India will be closed after 12.30 afternoon today (i.e.27 December 2010) upto 30 December this year, after performing Maha Mandala Pooja (great prayer) today, with over 16 lakhs of devotees in black robes arrived today at Sabarimaila temple to swarm around the temple to offer their prayers. It will be reopend again in first January 2011.
Today, to control the large crowd of devotees arriving from Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka states the police personnel from their respective states are deployed by Travancore Devaswom Board an official Board of Ayyappa Swamy Temple that was constituted through a special legislation in 1950, to regulate the financial and other activities of the Templetheir respective state. Large number of Police personnel are deployed to avoid any law and order problems in and around Temple premisis, by anti-national elements taking advantage of large crowds. The Sabarimalai Ayyapa Swami Temple gets thousands of Crores of Rupees from devotees up to 15 January 2011 the day of "Makara Sankranthi" on the day "Makara Jyothi" or 'Makaravilluku' a mysterious star light is found in sky above the western ghats after 6.00 p.m. To see that mysterious devine light over the Ghat range people from abroad also arrive to Kerala state on that day.