Sabarimala Temple

Posted: April 29, 2014 in Kerala, Travel
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Sabarimala Temple is one of the most famous temple of the world. Sabarimala Temple is in Pathanamthitta district of Kerala state, deep inside the forests bordering Taminadu state on the Western Ghats.

Sabarimala Temple is a temple dedicated to Lord Ayyappa. it is the most prominent Satha temple of the world. There are many temples built on the lines of Saarimala temple in different parts of the world, where Ayyappa devotes exists in large numbers. Millions of pilgrims visit Sararimala Sree Ayyappa Temple  every year, mainly on the season time , starting from November till January 3 rd week (These are the approximate time and check Malayalam calander for exact dates). Sabarimala Sree DharmaSastha Temple is also open ont ehe Malayalam calender month beginning dates. 

Sabarimala TempleSabarimala Temple. Photo source – Wikipedia / Wikimedia.

Ayyappa devotes  are to follow certain strict customs for 41 days before they set visit the temple at Sabarimala. They nee to be take only purely vegetarian food during these days. Devotees should strictly avoid sexual desires. Sabarimale temple pilgrimage is mostly undertaken by male pilgrims; even though a small number females do visit the temple. (Sabarimala temple entry is restricted to females in fertile age group.) Devotees are expected  to wear black, blue or saffron dresses during this  period. “Makaravilakku” is the main festival of Sabrimala Ayyappa Temple, which is held during the mid January (normally on  14th of January). Millions of devotees throng to the temple for seeing the “Makara Jyothi” during this day. Watching “Makaravilakku”, light or flame on Ponnambalamedu hill, is also the specialty of the temple festival.

How to go to Sabarimala Temple?


Chenganoor railway station si the nearest station to Sabarimala temple. Kottayam railway station also serves as a link to Sabarimala temple. (Both Chenganoor and Kottayam railway stations are on the Thiruvananthapuram – Ernakulam railway line; via Kottayam. There is another railway line on  Thiruvananthapuram – Ernakulam route; via Allapuza, the Venice of the East.

Pathanamthiita and Erumeli towns are close by towns. Cochin International airport or Thiruvanthapuram International airports are at around 110 and 140 kilo meters distance respectively.



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