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Sabarimala Temple|Sabarimala Temple in Kerala
Located at a height of almost 1000 meters above sea level on the Sahyadri ranges in Western Ghats, lies one of the most important shrines of India known by the name of Sabarimala. Sabiarimala Tour, Sabarimala Temple Tour Package, Visit Lord Ayyappa, Lord Ayyappa Temple in Kerala, Sabarimala Temple Poojas, Sabarimala Temple The Sabarimala temple of Kerala is dedicated to Lord Ayyappa, who is said to have meditated here after killing the demon Mahishi. Some legends also say that Parashuram, who created Kerala, installed the idol of Lord Ayyappa and worshipped him. The Sabarimala pilgrimage attracts thousands of devotees from all over India during the peak season of November to January.
Not everyone can take a tour to Sabarimala Kerala. One needs to observe strict discipline like abstinence from alcohol, smoking and other comforts of life. You are supposed to lead life like an ascetic for 41 days before embarking on the journey to Sabarimala. Women between the ages of 10-50 are not allowed to go on this pilgrimage. Sabiarimala Tour, Sabarimala Temple Tour Package, Visit Lord Ayyappa, Lord Ayyappa Temple in Kerala, Sabarimala Temple Poojas, Sabarimala Temple The pilgrimage is open to all irrespective of caste, creed and religion. It sets a perfect example of harmonious co-existence of different religions and sects. Everyone is a devotee of the Lord, not Hindu, Muslim or Christian. Before reaching the temple, everyone is supposed to worship a shrine that is dedicated to a Muslim saint.
The temple is reached by climbing a flight of 18 steps covered in gold. These 18 steps signify different aspects of human nature like intelligence, anger, the 5 senses, etc. One who crosses these 18 steps is said to have attained "Punyadarshanam". In January every year, thousands of devotees gather at Sabarimala to view the "Makaravilaku" or divine flame that is visible during one particular day of the Makara star. When dusk falls, a small flame arises in a distance, between two hills just opposite the temple. The temple comes alive with the praises of the Lord filling the air.
The most auspicious day of the Sabarimala Pilgrimage is the Makara Vilakku Day somewhere around January 14th every year. Sabiarimala Tour, Sabarimala Temple Tour Package, Visit Lord Ayyappa, Lord Ayyappa Temple in Kerala, Sabarimala Temple Poojas, Sabarimala Temple Thousands of pilgrims pay their visit to the Sabarimala Temple to seek the blessings of Lord Ayyappa. One also gets the view of Makara Vilakku from Sabarimala Temple. It is a light that is visible on a nearby hill and is believed to be an indication of the presence of the divine.
On Sabarimala Temple Tour, you will witness the fine instance of religious tolerance and communal harmony. Near the Sabarimala Temple is the shrine of Vavar, a Muslim friend and devotee of Lord Ayyappa. Pilgrims who visit the Sabarimala Temple also pay obeisance at the shrine of Vavar.
Sabarimala Temple does not believe in the boundaries of class, caste and region. The scenic destinations of Sabarimala can be visited year round, and it is quieter and less crowded during non-pilgrimage season.
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Day 3 - Morning Break Fast
Kottarakkara Sree Maha Ganapati Temple
Kottarakkara Sree Mahaganapathy Kshethram is one of the old and famous pilgrim centre in South India. It is centuries old and a most important Maha Ganapathi Temple in Kerala. Non-hindu's are also permitted in the temple. This temple is the family of Lord Siva. This Ganapati temple is located at Kottarakkara which is 25 kms away from Kollam. The deities of this temple are Parama Shiva,Parvati Devi, Sree Maha Ganapati, Sree Murukan, Sree Ayyappan, and Nagaraja. Even though main deity is Parama Shiva, main priority is given to Sree Maha Ganapati. The main offerings of the temple are Unni Appam Udayasthamanapooja, Mahaganapathi homam and Pushpanjali.
Omallur Rektha Kanda Swamy Temple
Rektha Kanda Swamy Temple, Omallur traces its history to 8th century AD. It is a pilgrim centre on the way to Sabarimala from Pandalam, the birth place of Sree Ayyappan. The temple is famous for its annual festival of 10 days which falls in month of Medom of Malayalam Era. The 10 days festival is celebrated by 10 Karayogams (village communities) in and around Omallur. On the festival days there is a customary Arattu procession to the River Achenkovil. 10 elephants decorated with Nettipattom (a decorated cover on the forehead) will be speciality of this Arattu. The temple has an ageold Golden Flag Staff. Omallur is 4 km south from the district headquarters Pathanamthitta and 11 km from MC Road (Kottayam - Trivandrum route).
Malayalapuzha Devi Temple
Well known Malayalapuzha Devi Temple is situated, East of Pathanamthitta 6 kms via Kumbazha. It is a Hindu Temple, but each week one in four devotees seeking blessings at the Malayalapuzha Devi Temple is a Christian or a Muslim. A hundred thousand devotees worship at the temple weekly, with Tuesday and Friday the most popular days for darshan (viewing) of Goddess Bhadrakali, a form of the Goddess Parvati. She is popularly known as "Malayalapuzha Amma" (Mother of Malayalapuzha) for Malayalapuzha village and hill of the same name. The power of the Mother is such that those who reach her lap once, whoever they be, are not able to live without visiting the temple at least once in a month. 41 days Kalam Ezhuthum Pattum from Vrichigam 1 and Eleven days festival from Thiruvathira of Kumbhom is held here. The only one Temple in Kerala where the " Satha Kodi Archana" has performed and lakhs of devotees participated. The Bhagavathi temple where the benefactress goddess is consecrated is very renowned.
Nilakkal Mahadeva Temple
Nilakkal Mahadeva Temple is one of the sacred spots for Hindu pilgrims. Lord Shiva is the presiding deity here. A Devi temple is located nearby. Enroute to Sabarimala, this temple is sited at Nilakkal, which is 5 km from Plappally on the Pamba-Pathanamthitta Road. .