Lord Ayyappa temple opens for 5-day monthly 'poojas'

The famed Lord Ayyappa temple in Sabarimala opened for the five day monthly 'poojas' on Tuesday evening to mark the Malayalam month 'Idavam' .

Chief priest V.N Vasudevan Namboothiri opened the sanctum sanctorum of the hill shrine in the presence of 'tantri' Kandararu Rajeevaru.

A large number of Lord Ayyappa devotees climbed the sacred 18 steps and offered prayers on the initial day, a TDB release said.

After the five-day 'poojas', the shrine would be closed on May 19.