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Sabarimala

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(Sabarimala is also spelled as Sabarimala)
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State: Kerala
District: Pathanamthitta
Famous for/as: Pilgrim
Languages: Malayalam
Best Season: Sept - Apr
Weather: Summer 23 to 35°C, Winter 17 to 32°C
Altitude: 914 m
Pincode: 689645
STD code: 0473
Sabarimala, literally meaning the mountain of Sabari (a known mythological character), is the most famous religious destination in Kerala. Nestled among dense forests and gurgling streams, the temple town of Sabarimala stands as a symbol of love, equality and religious devotion. Situated on the banks of holy river Pampa in the district of Pathanamthitta in Kerala, this pilgrim destination is perched high up in the Sahyadri Mountains of the Western Ghats.

Sabarimala hosts the famous Ayyappa temple on a mountain, which is very challenging trek to reach. Undulated hilly terrains, lush green forests, bubbling streams, twittering birds & wide varieties of flora makes the climb to Sabarimala a pleasant experience. One can reach Sabarimala Township through Pampa Township which is at the foothills of Sabarimala. About 3 km trekking (two hours) is required to reach the top.

Sabarimala town ship is uninhabited by people, but always busy with pilgrims, shops and hotels. It is believed that Saint Parasurama, an incarnation of Lord Vishnu, installed the Ayyappa Idol at the top of the mountain temple. The Sabarimala pilgrimage season begins by the mid of November and ends by the fourth week of January. The Mandalapooja extending for 41 days starting from November 17 and Makaravilakku on January 14 are the important festival periods in Sabarimala.

It is estimated that millions of pilgrims, irrespective of caste, creed and religion throng to this temple to get blessings of Lord Ayyappa. There is a shrine dedicated to Vavaru Swamy, a Muslim saint, in Sabarimala making it a place of religious harmony. Women of age above 14 years and below 50 years (women with active menopause cycle) are not allowed in the Sabarimala temple. To pay a visit to this temple certain customs are followed strictly. The pilgrims take 41 day penance before starting pilgrimage to Sabarimala, abstaining from non-vegetarian foods and carnal pleasures.

Visiting Sabarimala is a an unforgettable experience for every pilgrim paying homage here.The aesthetic value added to the pilgrim’s life is invaluable. There are thousands of pilgrims who never fail to reach Sabarimala at least once in a year with full of devotion and fervor.
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Sabarimala is a pilgrimage center located in the State of Kerala. It is along the Western Ghats and there are two ways to reach Sabarimala. Generally many pilgrims opt to travel by foot along the mountainous paths. These are very steep and thus tricky places to walk in. Pilgrims who are travelling by foot have to cross a few rivers until they reach a place of rest. The entire path is for around 45 km and ends at the Pamba River. The journey takes several hours and it is an arduous climb. The nearest railway station is at Chenganoor which is around 30 km from the foot hill.

However there is a new alternative path that is used by vehicles to reach a certain point in the mountain. After a certain point vehicles are not allowed and tourists have to travel by foot.

The last part of the climb is through steep and mountainous paths which are difficult to travel through. Pilgrims have to travel for approximately four km and the trek takes a few hours. However for pilgrims who are old and for children there are chairs which are carried by people for a wage. This is usually around Rs 100. This path used to be a mere jungle road, however in recent time it has developed with many shops and medical aid centers for the pilgrims.
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