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Sabarimala, the world’s greatest annual pilgrimage centre is located on a hilltop in Pathanamthitta district of South Indian state Kerala. A visit to this world-renowned secular shrine is grand enough to give you spiritual as well as physical ecstasy. It’s a journey to realize your soul.
The abode of Lord Ayyappa, Sabarimala Sree Dharma Sastha Temple, is the most visited pilgrimage center in Kerala. The Sastha temple situated on a hilltop (about 3000 feet above sea level) called Sabarimala. Cutting the barriers of religion, caste, and creed the temple is open to all human beings. 45 to 50 million followers visiting every year, the Sabarimala Temple is marked as the largest annual pilgrimage center in the world. The Sabarimala pilgrimage season is called mandalakaalam.
The History of Sabarimala
Once there was a powerful demoness called Mahishi in Hindu mythology. Lord Ayyappan destined to kill Mahishi, and he had to act. After killing the demoness, Ayyappan had a meditation at Sabarimala. The temple situated amidst 18 hills surrounded by mountains and dense forests. Sub-temples exist at many places in the surrounding areas like Nilackal, Kalaketi, and Karimala, remnants of old temples survive to this day on remaining hills.
One can identify a Sabarimala pilgrim easily as they wear a black or blue dress. The temple is open for worship only during the days of Mandalapooja (approximately November 15 to December 26), Makaravilakku (January 14- “Makara Sankranti”) and Vishu (April 14), and the first six days of each Malayalam month.
Sabarimala, an ancient temple of Ayyappan also known as Sasta and Dharmasasta. 18 Divine steps to the sanctum are divine in all aspects.