Sabarimala Temple is one of the most popular and sacred Hindu Temple in Kerala. The Shrine at Sabarimala attracts devotees from across the globe and this is quite evident from the ever growing flow of pilgrims every year. Sabarimala Temple is situated in the western ghats in Pathanamthitta District. The temple is surrounded by dense forerst and hills, which makes the place more calm and peaceful.
The Sabarimala Sree Dharma Sastha Temple is dedicated to Lord Ayyappa, is considered as one of the most famous and prominent among all the Sastha temples in Kerala. Situated atop the hill about 1535 feet above sea level, this temple is open to all cast, creed and religion. The Sabarimala temple is also well known for its religious harmony and it is qite evident by the presence of “Vavarunada”, which is dedicate to Vavar, who was a Sufi and a good friend of Lord Ayyappa.
Sabarimala is attracts a lot of devotees during its main pilgrimage season and people of different age and religion visit this Hindu shrine in Kerala. Womens between the age of 10 and 50 are now allowed to visit this temple as this is the menstrual age group for women is also well supported by the story associated with Lord Ayyappa.
The Sabarimala Temple is open for worship only during the days of Mandalapooja which comes approximately betweeb November 15 to December 26 every year. The temple is also open during the Makaravilakku or Makara Sankranti which fall on January. The Sabarimala temple is also open for worship during Vishu, and the first six days of each Malayalam month. So during these period we can see a steady increase in the number of pilgrims visiting the Sabarimala Shrine in Kerala.
The pilgrims visiting the temple at Sabarimala is not confined to just from Kerala, but from across the world. You can see a huge number of people from different states of India and from other countries visiting the temple during the pilgrimage season. There are certain customs to be followed while visiting this temple and all the pilgrims are bound to obey these customs.