Sabarimala is one of the largest pilgrimages in the world with an estimated 50 – 55 million devotees visiting every year from different parts of India and also from abroad. The shrine gets thronged with devotees especially during the main pilgrim season from November to January. Mandala pooja and Makaravilakku are the two main events of the pilgrim season.
Located in the Western Ghat mountain ranges of Pathanamthitta District of Kerala. The temple is situated on a hilltop surrounded by mountains and dense forests. The dense forest around the temple is called Poongavanam. Sabarimala Sri Dharmasastha Temple is the most famous and prominent among all the Sastha Temples.
As per the customs a pilgrim should observe austerities for 41 days. These period, the pilgrim abstain himself from all Non-vegetarian food and bodily pleasures. Pilgrims each carries Irumudi kettu containing Pure Ghee carries in Coconut / small container, Coconut, Rice as a traditional offering to temple. The temple is open to males of all age groups and to women who have either passed their fertility age and those before reaching the stage of puberty. Sabarimala temple has no restrictions of caste or creed. Pamba is the main halting point on the way to Sabarimala. From here one has to trek 4 to 5 kms to reach the temple.
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