Mandala Pooja is a ritual held at the Sabarimala Ayyappa Temple in Kerala. It also marks the end of the 41-day-long fast and austerities that Ayyappa devotees undertake in the Malayalam month of Vrischikam (November-December). This period is called Mandala Kaalam. Mandala Pooja and ‘Makara Vilakku’ are two of the important events held at the Sabarimala Ayyappa Temple. Hordes of devotees from Kerala and other neighboring states visit Sabarmala at this time.