DESTINATIONS >> Sabarimala

  District :Pathanamthitta
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Sabarimala: Sabarimala temple is situated on the mountain ranges of the Western Ghats. Sabarimala Sri Dharma Sastha (Lord Ayyappa) temple is the most famous and prominent among all the Sastha temples. Non Hindus are also allowed to conduct pilgrimages to the temple. The religious harmony could be seen here. The 'Vavar Nada', is a shrine in honour of a Muslim Saint close to  Ayyappa Swami nada at Sabarimala. Women between the age group of 10-50 are not permitted for for Sabarimala pilgrimage. Only pilgrims who have taken ‘Vrtham’ (penance) and carry 'Irumudikkettu' (Pallikkettu) are allowed to enter through the Holy 'Pathinettampadi (18 Divine steps) to the shrine. The steps depict elements, mind, intalligence etc. Those who crosses all these steps is believed it achieve `Punyadarshan'. The shrine is open only on specific occasions.

Pathanamthitta : It is enriched with 3 rivers and unending stretches of forest. It is famous for its scenic beauty, fairs and festivals. Timber is the most important forest produce. Sabarimala the famous Hindu pilgrimage center in this district attracts pilgrims from India and abroad.

Major Tourist Attractions

Kulathupuzha Sastha Temple : The idol at Kulathupuzha is 'Manikandan'. It is believed that the temple was instructed by the Raja of Pandalam.

Pandalam:  It is situated 14 kms from Chengannur. Lord Ayyappa, the presiding deity of Sabarimala had his human birth as the son of the Raja of Pandalam. Pilgrims usually stop here to worship before proceeding to Sabarimala. The Valiyakoikal temple near the palace on the banks of river Achenkovil has been modelled on the Sabarimala shrine. Three days prior to the Makaravilaku festival, the sacred ornaments of Sree Ayyappa are taken in a procession from Pandalam to Sabarimala.

Erumeli Sastha Temple: Around 50 kms away from Sabarimala is the temple which has an important place in the pilgrimage to Sabarimala. There is also a Muslim Mosque very near to the Sastha temple. The pilgrims go to Sabarimala afer worshipping at these two places showing Hindu-Muslim harmony. Pettathullal is another ritual here.

Pampa Maha Ganapathi Temple :Around 45 kms from Erumeli and 8 kms from Sabarimala also known as Triveni Sangamam' - the meeting point of three rivers, has an important roll in the Sabarimala pilgrimage. Pampa is the main halting point on the way to Sabarimala. There are 102 steps to Pampa Maha Ganapathi Temple. Breaking of coconuts is the main offering here. Neelimala, Appachimedu, Sabaripeedam, Saramkuthi are the other holy places en route to Sabarimala.  

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