The Sabarimala temple will open on December 30 at 5 pm for "Makaravilakku", the annual festival at the hill shrine of Sabarimala. Pilgrims will be allowed entry to the temple from the morning of December 31, 2020, till January 19, 2021. Entry to the temple will be limited to only 5,000 pilgrims per day. A COVID-negative certificate, taken within 48 hours of the pilgrimage, will be mandatory for Ayyappa devotees visiting from December 31. Makaravilakku is a 41-day long annual Puja festival celebrated at the shrine of Sabarimala.