The Sabarimala Sannidhanam witnessed a heavy rush as hundreds of devotees climbed the holy hills to offer prayers at the Ayyappa temple on the first day of the Malayalam month of Kumbhom on Saturday.
The rituals began with Tantri Kandararu Maheswararu performing Ashtadravya Ganapati Homam in the morning.
T.K.A. Nair, Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister, accompanied by his wife, Chandralekha, son and grandchild, reached the Sannidhanam in the evening.
Mr. Nair offered a feast, Pampa Sadya, to the devotees at Pampa at 1 p.m., before undertaking the trek. Devaswom Commissioner P.V. Nalinakshan Nair and other Devaswom officials received Mr. Nair at Pampa.
He is camping at the Sannidhanam and will return after darshan on Sunday morning. Reliance ADAG chairman Anil Ambani and his mother, Kokilaben, reached Pathanamthitta by 6 p.m. on a private helicopter and proceeded to Pampa by road.