Sabarimala: World renowned Indian photographer and photojournalist Raghu Rai arrived at Sabarimala on Saturday to capture some of the rare pictures of devotion at its peak during darshan. Rai and his camera was fully engaged the whole day as he was running after the devotees to click their expressions.

Raghu Rai reached Sabarimala by Saturday evening. He ascended Sabarimala capturing pictures of Pampa and the devotees climbing the hills. He captured the 18 steps and the Sannidhanam in the wee hours of Sunday. Rai also photographed the devotees ascending the 18 steps and their prayers. He opined that it was one of the rarest moments in the history of his photographic career. Though Rai descended the hills on Sunday, his camera was fully busy.

Raghu Rai has received Padma Shri in 1971 for his excellence in photojournalism. He was born in 1942 in the village of Jhang in Punjab which is currently part of Pakistan. He accepted photography as his career at the age of 23. He has captured many prominent incidents including the Bhopal tragedy. He was the former chief photographer of The Statesman daily. He is also a winner of the National Photography Award.

Raghu Rai said that it was quite fortunate to be able to visit Sabarimala for New Year. ‘It is the first time I am visiting Sabarimala and taking photographs. The fresh air and greenery of the forest surrounding the place is a relief to the thousands of people who come to Sabarimala,’ he added.