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Sabarimala - Lord Ayyappa Temple

Sabarimala is the most famous and well reputed Hindus pilgrimage in Kerala. Every year it is visited by many devotees of Lord Ayyappa. Sabarimala is a temple town, proudly stands as a symbol of religious devotion, love and equality. The sacred temple town is grandly located on the banks of holy River Pampa in Pathanamthitta at the height of Sahyadri mountains. It is famed for housing an important and most popular Ayyappa temple on the mountain called Sabari.

Sabarimala Temple Images

Pilgrim Attractions

  • A most important pilgrim site in the Western Ghats
  • The lush green forest, gurling streams, chirping birds and rich flora
  • The presiding deity is Ayyappa / Dharma Sastha / Ayyanaar / Ayyappan
  • Largest annual pilgrimages in the world, visited by 1 million devotees every year
  • The devotees follow Vratham with divine rules, wearing of a special Mala
  • Pilgrimage to Sabarimala with Irumudi (Head bag) by devotees to complete the Vratham
  • It is believed that Vratham gives a pure and clean mind and the divinity reflects
  • Holy bath in Pampa river
  • The Sacred 18 steps to enter into the temple
  • Malikapurathammam Temple
  • Vavar Shrine

Where is Sabarimala

Sabarimala is located in Ranni Taluk in Pathanamthitta district, Kerala state, India - 689713.

How to Reach

  • Nearest Town: Erumeli - 45km
  • Distance From: Kochi (Cochin) - 160 km, Tiruvananthapuram - 170 km, Madhurai - 244 km, Coimbatore - 310 km
  • Nearest Airport: Cochin, Trivandrum
  • Nearest Bus Station: Pamba
  • Nearest Railway Station: Chengannur - 90km
  • Transport: The vehicles bearing Ayyappas from various parts of the country are pooled at Erumeli. Erumeli to Sabarimala (via) Kalaketty, Azhutha, Inchippara, Karimala, Pampa - 45 km. Vehicles cannot proceed further beyond Pampa which is located in the Pampa river valley. The final 5kms are best covered by trekking, but for the aged and handicapped, porters and chairs are available.

Where to Stay

Many guest houses for rent available at Sabarimala for pilgrims stay.

Festivals / Events

  • Makarajyothi: The Sirius Star
  • Makaravilakku: 7 day festival - The Arathi that performed by The tribes and later continued by The Travancore Devaswom Board (TDB) - 14 January (Makar Sankranti).
  • Neyyabhishekam: Significant ritual involves pouring sacred ghee brought by pilgrims in their Pallikettu or Irumudi

Worship & Darshan Timings

  • 04.05am to 04.15pm  Nirmalya Darshanam
  • 04.15am to 12.00pm  Neyyabhishekam
  • 01.30pm to 04.00pm  Break

Pooja Timings

  • 04.15am   Ganapati Homam
  • 07.30am   Usha Pooja
  • 12.30pm   Kalabhabhishekam
  • 01.00pm   Ucha Pooja
  • 06.30pm   Deeparadhana
  • 07.00pm   Pushpabhishekam
  • 10.30pm   Athazha Pooja
  • 10.50pm   Harivarasanam

Harivarasanam is a lulluby song recited before closing the temple door every night.

Things to Take Care

The temple is open for worship only during the days of Mandalapooja (approximately 15 November to 26 December), Makaravilakku or Makar Sankranti (14 January) and Maha Vishuva Sankranti (14 April), and the first five days of each Malayalam month

Don't miss to buy the tastiest prasadam

Females who menstruate (usually between the ages of approximately 12 and 50) are not allowed to enter the temple

Visiting Places near Sabarimala