The Mandala Puja observed in the Malayalam month Dhanu marks the end of 41-day pilgrimage or the Mandala Kalam at
. Sabarimala Mandala Puja 2016 date is December 26. The Sabarimala Ayyappa Temple which opens in mid-November remains continuously open for 41 days till the Mandala Puja. Sabarimala Ayyappa Temple
After the Mandala Pooja, the temple closes for a brief period of two to three days and reopens for Makaravilakku festival, which is observed on January 14, 2017.
The Sabarimala Mandala Kalam begins in mid-November – on the first day of Malayalam month Vrishchikam. The 41 days conclude during the last week of December – in the Malayalam month Dhanu. The puja on last day is known as Mandala Puja and it is held in the evening.
The puja is held by adorning the Thanka Anki (golden attire) which is brought in a procession from the famous
. Aranmula Sree Parthasarathy Temple