The devotees reached Sannidhanam to offer prayers to Lord Ayappa for Mandala pooja as Sabarimala’s annual pilgrimage season begins in Kerala amid the pandemic.
Social distancing is maintained by volunteers and the wearing of masks is made compulsory.
Temple premises saw fewer worshipers compared to previous years due to coronavirus restrictions.
About seven months after it closed at the start of the pandemic, the doors of the Sabarimala Temple were opened to worshipers from October 16, with restrictions.
Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan had made it mandatory to wear a COVID-19 negative certificate when visiting the temple, when only 250 people are allowed to do the darshan (visit) each day.
Kerala recorded 6,419 new cases of Covid-19 on Wednesday and the number of active cases in the state reached 69,394, the state government said. A total of 4,68460 recoveries have been reported so far, the Kerala government has informed.