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Sri Lankan MP Offers Prayers At Lord Ayyappa Temple

The hilltop shrine re-opened on Friday for the 'Makaravilakku' festival which marks the beginning of the second leg of the 2-month long annual pilgrimage season.

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Ayyappa devotees at Sabarimala temple
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Sri Lankan Member of Parliament (MP) Jeevan Thondaman offered prayers at the famed Lord Ayyappa temple at Sabarimala in Kerala on Sunday. The Sri Lankan MP, son of Arumugam Thondaman a former minister of the neighbouring island nation, arrived at the shrine as a 'kanni swami' -- a first time pilgrim.

He also distributed 38,000 packets of biscuits to pilgrims at the temple. The hilltop shrine re-opened on Friday for the 'Makaravilakku' festival which marks the beginning of the second leg of the 2-month long annual pilgrimage season.The first leg began on November 17 and ended on December 27 with the  'Mandala puja.'

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