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About Sabarimala


The Sabarimala temple is a temple complex located at Sabarimala inside the Periyar Tiger Reserve in Pathanamthitta district, Kerala, India. It is the site of the one of the largest annual pilgrimage in the world with an estimate of between 17 million and 50 million devotees visiting every year. The temple is dedicated to the Hindu celibate deity Ayyappan also known as Dharma Sastha, who according to belief is the son of Shiva and Mohini, the feminine incarnation of Vishnu. The traditions of Sabarimala are a confluence of Shaivism, Shaktism, Vaishnavism, and other Śramaṇa traditions.

The temple is situated on a hilltop amidst eighteen hills at an altitude of 480 m (1,574 ft) above sea level, and is surrounded by mountains and dense forests. The dense forest, part of the Periyar Tiger Reserve, around the temple is known as Poongavanam. Temples exist in each of the hills surrounding Sabarimala. While functional and intact temples exist at many places in the surrounding areas like Nilakkal, Kalaketty, and Karimala, remnants of old temples survive to this day on remaining hills.

In response to a PIL filed in 1991, the Kerala High Court had judged that the restriction of entry of women ages 10–50 to the temple was in accordance with the usage prevalent from time immemorial, and it directed the Devaswom Board to uphold the customary traditions of the temple. However, on 28 September 2018, the Supreme Court of India overturned the restriction on the entry of women, declaring it unconstitutional and discriminatory.

more than 10 lakh devotees to get the darshan from Lord Ayyappa every year. The pilgrims of sabarimala have to reach the temple through difficult treks in the forest to reach sannidhanam which have 18 sacred steps to workship Lord Ayyappa. The pilgrims have to follow a stirict observe celibacy for 41 days before going to sabarimala

Opening Dates

During the Sabarimal season devotees have a chance to witness two major festivals of Sabarimala, Mandalapooja and Makaravilakku. Pilgrimage to Sabarimala begins from the 1st of Vrichikam, a Malayalam month coming in the middle of November (probably between 14 and 17). The most important day for Lord Ayyappan is Makarasankranti day, which is the 1st of Makara (a month of the Malayalam calendar). This day will fall between January 14 and 16.

As for this year (2019-2020) Manadalapooja will start on 16th of November till 27th of December and Makaravilakku pooja will start from 30th of December till 15th of January and the much awaited Makarasankranti day is on 15th January 2020.

Kamath Cabs provide the best taxi service to Sabarimala from Cochin Airport and Ernakulam Railway station to assist the devotees for their holy visit to Sabarimala to get blessed by Swamy Ayyappa. We provide the safe and affordable Sabarimala taxi cab rental services and have served many pilgrims for the past few years.

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Innova or equivalent 6 passengers Travelling in Large Group
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