The Sabarimala Temple is one of the important religious centres where a large number of devotees flock on an annual basis to offer their prayers and seek grace. The Sabarimala festival is celebrated every year to worship Lord Ayyappa. It is a pilgrimage tour where everyone gathers irrespective of their religion and caste. One can also see many foreign nationals on the occasion of this festival. This festival lasts from November to the month of January.
According to history and tales of the past, it is said that, even after the temple was completed, it remained mostly unreachable by the locals for a period of about 3 consecutive centuries. Yes, then in the 9th century, it is believed that there was a prince named Manikandan of the Pandalam dynasty who rediscovered the path to reach this place. It is said that while doing so, he had many followers along with him which were inclusive of the descendants of Vavar as well. It is known that Vavar was a Muslim warrior who was defeated by Manikandan in a battle.
The Sabarimala Festival is inclusive of Makaravilakku Festival along with the Mandala Puja Festival. The Makaravilakku festival includes a procession and congregation of devotees at the shrine of Sabarimala. And coming on to the Mandala Puja, it is a very important ritual that marks the end of the 41 days long austerity that is known as Mandala Kalam.
With the onset of this festival, the local temples are beautifully decorated along with the idol of Lord Ayappa which is decorated with dazzling jewellery brought from Pandalam Palace in a procession. Prayers are devotedly offered to God by all the pilgrims coming from all around the country.
By Air. A good option to reach the Pathanamthitta district is via flight if budget is not a huge issue. For this, you will need to take a flight to Trivandrum airport. It is well-connected with most of the other Indian cities like Delhi, Pune, Mumbai. After getting off the airport, you will need to cover the remaining distance via cab or some other means of transportation.
By Road. You can also travel via road to reach the Pathanamthitta district. From places like Delhi, Pune, Bangalore you will need to cover a distance of 2,803 km, 1,474 km, 627 km to reach this place. Really nothing can beat the experience of traveling at your own pace and enjoy the journey with your loved ones.
By Train. The nearest railway station is Chengannur which is located at a distance of about 28 km (approx) from this district. This train station is well connected with many other Indian cities like Delhi, Pune. Some good options would be Kanyakumari Express and Kerala Express. From there, you can easily avail buses and taxis to reach this place.
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26 December 2020
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