Pilgrimage Tour

Sabarimala Temple in Pathanamthitta, Kerala

At Sabarimala Temple Lord Ayyappa is worshipped. The holy shrine is located in the Western Ghats of the Pathanamthitta about 4,000 feet above sea level. Pilgrims begin their trek to the revered temple at the dawn of the Vrichikam month. It is stated in mythology that Sabarimala is one of the five Sastha temples founded by Lord Parasurama.

Another legend states that the prince of the Pandalam dynasty, an avatar of Lord Ayyappan, meditated at the Sabarimala temple and became one with the Divine. The place where the prince meditated is now the Manimandapam. Even after 300 years, the devotees could not reach the meditation spot. It was in the 12th century when Rajasekhara Pandiyan, discovered the original path to reach the sacred place Sabrimala temple was renovated and became a renowned pilgrimage site.

Staircase to the main Sabarimala Temple is composed of 18 sacred steps, with the temples of Karuppu Swamy and Kadutha Swamy - Lord Ayyappan's trusted lieutenants positioned at the foot as guards.

There are shrines of Pampa Ganapathi, Nilakal Mahadeva and Palliyara Bhagavathi and Malikappurath Amma. In 1950, a mysterious fire ruined the temple. Following which, the temple was rebuilt, and the original image was replaced by a 1.5 feet panchaloha idol, crafted out of an alloy of 5 sheets of steel.

The temple allows entry to devotees of all castes and religions except women aged 10-50 years. Every devotee is given the status of "Ayyappa" that maintains the spirit of "Tatvamasi" or "That is you". It means that the devotees are forms of God.

Sabarimala Temple is Famous For

It is one of the most revered Sastha temples. The holy shrine is famous for religious, societal and cultural beliefs attached to it. One of the largest pilgrimages across the world, Sabrimala attracts over 100 million devotees annually.

Festivals/Events Celebrated at Sabarimala Temple in Kerala

Sabarimala Temple Pilgrimage is renowned worldwide. Devotees follow a custom called Vratham for 41 days before they visit Sabarimala. Strict abstinence from meat and alcohol is observed. Devotees wear mala of rudraksha and do not cut nails and hair. They are required to wear plain blue or black clothes. After these 41 days, the pilgrims visit the temple with immense perseverance and sacrifice.

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