Sabarimala | Makaravilakku | Swami Ayyappan
Sabarimala is the one of the famous pilgrim town located within a forest reserve, at Pathanamthitta, Sabarimala Sree Ayyappa Temple is one of the ancient and leading Sastha temples in the nation. The temple, situated on a hill, encircled by 18 hills, needs a hard trek through the dense forest. In strict terms, the place is a small arrangement within a dense forest, catering to the needs of pilgrims attending. Since the temple opens only 2 months in a year, the pilgrimage is highly seasonal and entry in other times of the year is not admitted.
one of the farthest shrines in south India.is Sabarimala. It is believed that Swami Ayyappan meditated in this place surrounded by mountains and dense forest.
The shrine is placed at a hilltop at a height 468 M above sea level. Sabarimala temple is located at an elevation of 468 meters above sea level and is a part of the preserved Western Ghatsbiosphere
The region is known as Sannidhanam. The whole forests, hills, rivers etc on the trek path are known as Pookavanam or Holy Garden of Lord. Thus the area and its geographic areas have a lot of significance to the idea of the journey to Sabarimala.
The pilgrimage starts in the month of November and closes in January. The temple invites pilgrims not only from the southern states of India but also from other members of the nation and overseas.
During mandala pooja that is the period from November to January and at the time Makaravilekku the temple and the surroundings will be crowded with pilgrims. At the time of Vishu festival and the first five days of Malayalam months the temple stays open.
It is a profound belief that Ayyappa is the baby of Shiva and Vishnu, and the baby was left in the forest. Meanwhile the king of Pandalam, a native ruler was in a worry that he didn’t have a son, so he adopted this baby in the belief that God has given a son in response to his prayers the demoness who fought with him during hunting Ayyappa decided to renounce worldly pleasures and live as a hectic in deep yogic meditation in the forests.
Pilgrim have to obey some rules are to be surely followed if one has to undertake a pilgrimage to Sabarimala. A pilgrim attending the Mandalapooja should keep formalities for 41 days. During this period, the pilgrim should avoid himself from nonvegetarian diet and bodily happiness. Pilgrims set out in teams under a leader, and each carries a cloth bundle called Irumudi kettu including traditional presents. Unlike certain Hindu temples, Sabarimala temple has no limitations of caste or belief. The temple is open to men of all age groups and to ladies who have either passed their productivity age and those before entering the stage of adolescence. The simplest road is via Chalakkayam, by which one can arrive at the banks of the river Pamba by transport. Pamba is the main halting point on the way to Sabarimala. From here one has to trek 4 to 5 km to arrive at the temple.
Special arrangements such as extra buses, trains, and tourist stations are opened by many agencies to cater to the pilgrimage visitors. It’s better to check with Kerala Tourism Office or District Tourist Office to plan your journey.
Devaswom Information Office Phone; +91-(0)468-203339/202048
Ayyappa Seva Sangham- Service centre; Phone +91-(0)468-203407/202043