Sabarimala Ayyappa temple – Kerala

Sabarimala Ayyappa Temple History

Sabarimala Ayyappa Temple is situated in Pathanamthitta District, Perunad grama Panchayat of Kerala state. It is located at the top of the hill, surrounded by 18 hills, which is 1535 feet above the sea level. Pleasant mountains and dense forests surround Sabarimala Ayyappa Temple. Sabarimala Ayyappa Temple is considered to be the largest pilgrimage in the world, where nearly 50 million devotees visit this temple every year.


The mythology says that the Lord Ayyappan has meditated at this place after killing the arrogant demon princess Mahishi. The Sabarimala Ayyappa temple will be permitted for devotions only during mid-November to the tip of December, during Makar Sankranti (January 14) and Maha Vishuva Sankranti (April 14).

The disciples of Sabarimala Ayyappa temple are easily identified by black or blue attire, donning Rudraksha (a holy garland), with Vibhuti (sacred ash) on their forehead. And they don’t shave until their pilgrimage gets completed.

There is no obvious information about the specific year of the inauguration of this temple, but it was unreachable for nearly three centuries, and later it was recognized by one of the King and was renovated.


Fortes of Sabarimala Ayyappa Temple

The presiding divinity of this temple is Lord Ayyappa, who was the master of the noble message “That Thou Art,” attributes to “You are part of the Universal soul.

There is a great message given at the holy Sabarimala temple to the devotees is the ultimate knowledge, that each one is a God by himself or herself. And thus the pilgrims of this temple call each other using the name “Swami.”

Women who are at the age group of 10 to 50 (Women who are in the menstrual age group) are not permitted to visit Sabarimala Ayyappa Temple. The temple prohibits the Women under this age since Lord Ayyappa is a Bramhachari (celibate).

The mythical priest family who has the authority to take significant choices regarding the temple is “Thazhamon Madom.” The devotees bring Pallikettu or Irumudi; a bag fabricated of hand-woven cotton cloth, which includes the offerings for Lord Ayyappan which holds sacred ghee to offer on the sacred idol of Lord Ayyappan, which implies the merging of Jeevathma with Paramathma.

The first journey of a pilgrim to Sabarimala Ayyappa temple bear Red colored Irumudi, who are termed as Kanni Ayyappan and the others carry Navy blue color Irumudi.



Sabarimala Ayyappa  Temple Poojas

Morning Poojas:

  • Temple Opening – 3.00 am
  • Nirmalyam – 3.05 am
  • Neyyabhishekam – 3:05 am – 11.30 am
  • Maha Ganapathi Homam – 04.20 am
  • Usha Pooja – 7.30 am
  • UchaKala Pooja – 12.30 pm
  • Temple Closing – 1.00 pm

Evening Poojas:

  • Temple Opening – 3.00 pm
  • Deeparadhana – 6.15 pm
  • Pushpabhishekam – 8.00 pm
  • Athazha Pooja – 11.00 pm
  • Harivarasanam – 11.30 pm
  • Closing the Sanctorum – 11.45 pm


  • Onam Festival – August
  • Sree Chithira Attathirunal Festival – November
  • Mandala Pooja Festival – December
  • Makaravilakku Festival – January
  • Sabarimala Utsavam – March
  • Kodiyettu day Festival – March
  • Panguni utra aarattu – April
  • Meda Vishu Festival – April
  • Prathishta uthsav – May

Sabarimala Ayyappa Temple Location and Transportation

Sabarimala Ayyappa  Temple By Air

Thiruvananthapuram International Airport (170 km) and Cochin International Airport, at Nedumbassery, Kochi (160 km) are the nearest airports.

Sabarimala  Ayyappa Temple By Train

Chengannur Railway Station (82 km)(Declared as Gateway of Sabarimala), Tiruvalla Railway Station (92 km), Kottayam Railway Station (120 km) and Kollam Junction railway station (129 km) are the nearest railway stations.

Sabarimala  Ayyappa Temple By Road

The main trunk road to Sabarimala is Pathanamthitta – Pamba. The distance from Pathanamthitta District center to Sabarimala is about 70 km.

Kerala State Road Transport Corporation operates, regular daily bus services from Pathanamthitta, Thiruvananthapuram, Ernakulum, and Kumili and also operates more services to all major towns of Kerala and neighboring states.

Nearest Temples

1)    Aranmula Parthasarathy Temple

2)    Gurunathanmukadi Sri Ayyappaguru Temple

3)    Kadampanad Bhagavathy Temple

4)    Kaviyoor Mahadevar Temple

5)    Mahadeva Temple

6)    Poothamkara Sree Dharma Sasta Temple

7)    Sree Bhuvaneswary Temple

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