Sabarimala,  Jan 18 (Agencies): The two-month long pilgrimage season of the Sabarimala hill shrine, whose climatic phase was marred by the stampede that claimed 102 lives last week, will conclude on Wednesday with the winding up rituals and ceremonies.
 
Devotees are still coming to the shrine in large numbers and initial estimates said over 30 million pilgrims had offered worship at the Lord Ayyappa temple since the season began in mid-November.
 
The 'Makaravilakku' season would conclude on Wednesday evening with rituals like 'Guruthi' in the presence of the senior member of the Pandalam royal house, temple sources said.

Legend has it that Lord Ayyappa spent his childhood as the adopted son of the Pandalam king, a principality nearly 60 km from the shrine.

The season's last 'neyyabhishekam', anointment of the idol with ghee, was conducted on Tuesday  using pooja articles brought from the Pandalam palace.
  
After Wednesday’s evening pooja, the royal representative would descend the holy 18 steps leading to the sanctum sanctorum and set out for home without looking back.