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Sabarimala Sree Dharma Sastha Temple, dedicated to Lord Ayyappa, is the most revered and

prominent among all the Sastha temples. The temple which is situated on a hilltop (about 3000

feet above sea level) named Sabarimala, is unique in many respects.

The uniqueness gathers its voice, as the temple is open to all, irrespective of caste, creed or

religion. There is a place near the temple; east to Sannidhanam, dedicated to Vavar (a sufi and

friend of Lord Ayyappa) which is called 'Vavarunada', an epitome of religious harmony.

Another interesting fact is that it is not open throughout the year. It is open for worship only from

November 15 to December 26; the Makaravilakku (the main festival) from January 1-14; on

Vishu, the day of the vernal equinox in April and during smaller festivals in May/June and


The entire pilgrimage is very ritualistic with every practice having its own importance in every


As per traditions of the temple, pilgrims have to follow strict fasting & a pious life for 41 days to

cleanse their minds before going to Sabarimala. The fasting starts with rituals being held at any

of the Dharma Sastha Temples and wearing a beaded ‘Maala’ and simple cotton dhotis.

Devotees have to walk barefoot to the hills of Sabarimala and hence, they stop using footwears

once they start fasting in preparation to the event.

While embarking on the pilgrimage, the devotees perform the ritual of ‘Irumudikkettu’ at a local

Dharma Sastha Temple, which is a small bundle containing offerings to Lord Ayyappa, carried

all the way to the Sabarimala Temple and offered during poojas.

There are two routes to the temple, a longer one and shorter one. The long trek to the temple

starts at Erumeli, seeking the blessings of Vavar, passing through treacherous terrains in the

forest and hills. For pilgrims seeking shorter trek, motor vehicles are allowed upto River Pampa,

where the longer route also joins. River Pampa is also revered, as the final leg of the 41 day long

pilgrimage begins with a dip in this holy river. From here on there is only one pathway that leads

to the temple.

After the Darshan of Lord Ayyappa and performing 'Abhishekam', devotees would return to the same temple where they commenced the pilgrimage and complete the rituals before breaking their fast.

We provide proper guidance and assistance to pilgrims willing to undertake the holy trip. Our

assistance would include facilities at a local Dharma Sastha Temple for performing

‘Irumudikkettu’ & start the pilgrimage, transfers & booking of special poojas at Sabarimala.

We shall take complete responsibility of making the pilgrimage hassle-free, so the devotees do

not have to worry about local arrangements.


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