Friday, December 30, 2016

Sabarimala temple situated in a hilltop in Kerala

By Vinodh Pullot Chandrasekharan, CC-BY via flickr
The name Sabarimala may recall the name of the devotee 'Sabari' of Lord Rama in our minds, isn't it? Yes, it is the same hilltop where Sri Rama met with Sabari and blessed her. But the temple situated here is related with another legend of God Sri Ayyappa. Sri Ayyappa is being worshipped in this temple of Sabarimala. Unlike other temples in Kerala, here worship is open to people of all religions; no difference between Hindu, Muslim or Christian. But one has to observe strict penance for 48 days before visiting Sabarimala.

It is said that Sri Ayyappa did meditation here after killing the demoness Mahishi. Situated amidst dense forests, this temple is being visited by 70 million pilgrims annually during the season.

The forest trail to Sabarimala has rough terrain and so is challenging. From Pampa, one has to trek about 5 km up the hills to reach this temple. 'Pallikettu' meaning a cloth bag containing ghee and other offerings are then handed over to the priest for worship.

The illustrious verse 'Harivarasanam' sung by the great singer K.J.Yesudas is being played here during night for the divine sleep. Makarajyothi visible oa the day of Makarasankranthi is said to be Lord Ayyappa himself, who reaches the hill to give 'darshan' to his devotees.

Read more about this temple here:
Sabarimala: the Ayyappa temple in the forests of Kerala

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