The Mandala Pooja which is considered to be the completion of the 41 day Mandala vratham, will be observed on December 27. The Ayyappa idol will be adorned with the Thanka Anki (sacred golden attire) preceding the Ucha Pooja. Making the culmination of this years 41 days pilgrimage, the Sanctum Sanctorum will be closed at 11 p.m. after Athazha pooja. The temple will re-open on December 30 afternoon heralding Makaravilakku festival which falls on January 14, 2015 (Dhanu 30, the malayalam month). Sabarimala witnessed an unprecedented heavy rush this year.