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Sabarimala

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Sree Dharmasastha Temple, Sabarimala Sabarimala, an important pilgrimage sight of South India is placed atop the rugged hills of the Western Ghats. It is situated 914 m above the sea level and devotees from India and abroad frequently travels to severity and reenactment of penance. Sabarimala pilgrimage tours comprise of elongated hill treks with blobs of rudraksha dangling on neck Sabarimala is the imperative Hindu temples of Kerala where pilgrims irrespective of caste, creed, color, wear black dhotis and carry on bundles on their heads, followed by traditional offerings as coconut filled with ghee, camphor, and rice.

Women above the age of 50, men and girls below the age of 10 are permissible to go for Sabarimala pilgrimage tours The Mandal Puja and the Makara Sankranti Puja are the two festivals celebrated from November to Middle of January. The temple arena is covered with gold and the devotees break the coconuts before climbing the final 18 steps. It is not easy for everyone to make their tour to Sabarimala as one need to observe strict discipline like abstinence from alcohol, smoking and other comforts of life.

Main Pilgrimage Attraction of Sabarimala

Sabarimala Temple: The temple Sabarimala is dedicated to Lord Ayyappa and named after Sabari. Lord Ayyappa is better known as Dharma Shasta and some academics misinterpreted this to Lord Buddha. The attracting feature of Sabarimala temple tours is that the devotees have to walk past a nature trail in the dense forests of Western Ghats. The chief deity of Sabarimala Lord Ayyappa-is regarded to be a union of Shiva and Vishnu. Lord Ayyappa is seen as a merging center of the Shaivite and Vaishnavite branches of Hinduism.



Kerala, SabarimalaThe majority of the pilgrims of Sabarimala are men who need to do hard and dedicated labor to make their trip to the temple premises. A fast for forty-one days, celibacy, increasing of body hair and daily prayer rituals are part of the preparation for the Sabarimala pilgrimage in Kerala. Young girls are not allowed to enter in Sabarimala temple because then the Lord sits in a meditative and clean state on Mount Sabari. After taking a holy bathe in the river, the devotees needs to proceed further to trek to the hilltop temple. When dusk falls, a majestic aroma occurs in a distance between two hills just reverse the temple. The temple appears breathing with extol of the Lord filling the air. Everyone reaching the Sabarimala temple is a devotee of the Lord, not Hindu, Muslim or Christian. So it sets an ideal example of harmonious co-existence of dissimilar beliefs and sects.



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