Lord Ayyappa's Sabarimala temple in Kerala shall reopen for five days from today to mark the beginning of Malayalam month Edavam, a report suggests. Monthly pujas and rituals shall be performed on all five days, but devotees wouldn't be allowed to visit owing to the new lockdown rules. However, other special ceremonies will not be conducted.The temple of Lord Ayyappa, situated within the Periyar Tiger Reserve enclosures in the Pathanamthitta district of Kerala, usually attracts a sea of devotees. But owing to the coronavirus-induced lockdown, the temple management and the state government have laid down a new set of rules to contain the deadly disease.The annual pilgrimage to Sabarimala is one of the most popular and largest religious gatherings in the world. The pilgrimage begins on the first day of Malayalam month Vrischika and concludes on the 11th day of Dhanu month. It also marks the completion of the 41-day-long vratham. This ritual is referred to as Mandala Kala. And the puja performed in known as Mandala puja. The temple is also known for the Makara Jyothi and Makara Vilakku darshanam during Makar Sankranti in January as per the Gregorian calendar.Know more about Lord AyyappaLord Ayyappa, the Brahmachari God, is hailed as Hariharasuthan (Hari Hara Putra, Vishnu and Shiva's son). He was born to the Mohini avatar of Lord Vishnu and Lord Shiva, the legends suggest. Hence, has the combined powers of two deities, and he represents dharma, truth and righteousness.The purpose of Lord Ayyappa's birth was to eliminate a demoness named Mahishi, the sister of Mahishasur. He was raised by a king named King Rajashekhara of Pandalam.