Sabarimala Sree Dharma Sastha Temple

Sabarimala Temple

Sabarimala Temple

Sabarimala Sree Dharma Sastha Temple, dedicated to Lord Ayyappa, is the most famous and prominent among all the Sastha temples in Kerala. The temple is situated on a hilltop (about 3000 feet above sea level) named Sabarimala in Pathanamthitta district, which 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 the 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 during the days of Mandalapooja, Makaravilakku and Chitra Vishu. It is said that the pilgrims have to follow fasting for 41 days to cleanse their minds before going to Sabarimala. The journey to the temple is to be taken through difficult paths in the forest as the vehicles can go only up to Pampa

The pilgrimage begins in the month of November and ends in January. The temple attracts pilgrims not only from the southern states of India, but also from other parts of the country and abroad. The shrine gets thronged with devotees especially during the main pilgrim season from November to January. Mandala pooja (December12,2011) and Makaravilakku(Jan.15th,2012) are the two main events of the pilgrim season. The temple stays closed during the rest of the year except for the first five days of every Malayalam month and during Vishu (April).


Certain customs are to be strictly observed if one has to undertake a pilgrimage to Sabarimala. A pilgrim attending the Mandalapooja should observe austerities for 41 days. During this period, the pilgrim should abstain himself from non vegetarian food and carnal pleasures. Pilgrims set out in groups under a leader, and each carry a cloth bundle called Irumudi kettu containing traditional offerings. Unlike certain Hindu temples, Sabarimala temple has no restrictions of caste or creed. The temple is open to males of all age groups and to women who have either passed their fertility age and those before reaching the stage of puberty. The easiest route is via Chalakkayam, by which one can reach the banks of the river Pamba by vehicle. Pamba is the main halting point on the way to Sabarimala. From here one has to trek 4 to 5 kms to reach the temple.

OPENING AND CLOSING DAYS OF SABARIMALA TEMPLE 2011-2012

Sl. No. Sabarimala Viseshangal Nada Opening Nada Closing
1 Mandala Mahothsavam 16.11.2011 27.12.2011
2 Makaravilakku Mahothsavam 30.12.2011 20.01.2012
3 Makaravilakku 15.01.2012
4 Kumbhamasa Pooja 13.02.2012 18.02.2012
5 Meenamasa Pooja 13.03.2012 18.03.2012
6 Uthsavam 26.03.2012 05.04.2012
7 Kodiyettu 27.03.2012
8 Painkuni Uthram-Arattu 05.04.2012
9 Vishu Mahothsavam 10.04.2012 18.04.2012
10 Vishu Darshan 14.04.2012
11 Edava Masapooja 14.05.2012 19.05.2012
12 Prathishta day 30.05.2012 31.05.2012
13 Midhunamasa Pooja 14.06.2012 19.06.2012
14 Karkidakamasa Pooja 15.07.2012 20.07.2012
15 Chingamasa Pooja 16.08.2012 21.08.2012
16 Thiruvona Pooja 27.08.2012 31.08.2012
17 Kannimasa Pooja 16.09.2012 21.09.2012
18 Thulamasa Pooja 16.10.2012 21.10.2012
19 Sree Chithira Attavisesham 11.11.2012 12.11.2012
20 Mandalapooja Mahothsavam 15.11.2012 26.12.2012
21 Mandalapooa 26.12.2012
22 Thirunada Thurappu 30.12.2012
Next Makaravilakku 14.01.2013

Opening and Closing Time (For the month of Chingam 2012)

16.08.2012- 5.30 pm – Nada Opening

21.08.2012- 10.00pm- Nada Closing

27.08.2012- 5.30pm- Nada Opening

31.08.2012- 10.00 pm- Nada Closing

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