The two month long Sabarimala pilgrimage begins as the temple opens for devotees today evening. One of the most revered temples in India, the Sabarimala Ayyappa Temple sees millions of pilgrims from far and near climb up 1000 meters to reach the hilltop temple and offer prayers to Lord Ayyappa. The main sanctum will be opened tomorrow, the first day of Malayalam month “Vrischikam”. The eagerly awaited day of “Makaravilakku” will be held on January 14, 2018.
Located amidst the mighty Western Ghats, the Sabarimala Temple is dedicated to lord Ayyappa, son of Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu [Mohini Avatar]. Devotees take a bath at the holy River Pampa situated down the hill and start a 4km climb uphill, which take them to the Sabarimala Temple. This year Kerala Government has ensured more facilities for the pilgrims which include the State-of-art-hospital at the temple and more lavish dining area which can accommodate 5000 people. The temple security has been tightened to maximum as well.
How to reach?
It is just 150 kms from the city of Cochin and 100 kms away from the capital city of Kerala, Trivandrum. Both the cities are easily accessible by land, rail and air. Catch a flight or train to either of the two cities and hire a taxi to reach Sabarimala.