More than 30 million pilgrims visit the temple in Sabarimala annually, making it the largest in India and second largest in the world, after Hajj Pilgrimage of Mecca in Saudi Arabia.
Tucked amongst dense forests and gurgling streams, the temple town of Sabarimala on the Pampa banks named after the mythological character Sabari shelters the famous Ayyappa temple. People believe that Vishnu's incarnate, Parasurama placed the Ayyappa Idol at the top of the mountain. The celibate deity of Ayyappa, also known as Dharma Sashta, is believed to be the son of Shiva and Mohini, the feminine incarnation of Lord Vishnu. One can notice that the traditions of Sabarimala are a blend of Shaivism, Shaktism, Vaishnavism and other Sramana traditions. However, women of age 12-50 years, during an active menstrual cycle are not allowed inside the temple. Also, do note that the temple opens only 2 months in a year. Trekkers also find joy in trekking up the lush mountain to reach the temple.
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Pleasant ambience, lush green forests.
Women between 12-60 years of age not allowed in the temple.
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