Sabarimala Temple History in English, Telugu, Hindi, Tamil, Malayalam, Kannada PDF Download at http://sabarimalaonline.org
Sabarimala temple a famous temple in Kerala state India. The temple is located at the popular Periyar Tiger reserve in the Pathanamthitta district. Here millions of pilgrims visit to pay their honor and celebrate deity Ayyappan or the Dharma Sastha. It’s believed more than 17 to 50 million devotees visit the temple each year. The pilgrimage receives all visitors from different places in the world. Dharma Sastha (Ayyappan) is believed to be the son of Shiva and Mohini. This is the feminine personification of Vishnu.
The temple has a lot of beautiful features and its located at the hilltop. It’s surrounded by forest and mountains where the dense part is called Poongavanam. Eighteen hills surround the temple where a temple is situated on each hill. The Sabarimala temple rests on the Sabari hill. There are various temples such as Nilakkal, Kalaketty, Karimala, and other ancient temples.
Early in the year 1991 a riling from Kerala High court had restricted women from entering the Sabarimala temple. This was based on the temple traditions where the Devaswom board were strictly ordered to follow the temple customs. The rule was uplifted on 28th September 2018 by the Supreme court of India. This was termed as discrimination to the female gender thus allowing them equal rights of the temple.
Sabarimala Temple is open to devotees during special days as follows:
- Mandala pooja days. Which falls mainly from 15th November to the 26th of December 2019.
- Makaravilakku also known as Makara Sankranti on 14th January
- Maha Vishuva Sankranti on 14th April.
- On the Malayalam month the first five days.
Sastha takes a deep history of ancient south India. Sabarimala being the oldest temples, the prince of the Pandalam reign an avatar of the Ayyappan. Used the Sabarimala temple and they become one. The official place where the prince meditated is called the Manimandapam. There being many Sastha temples in South India. The Sabarimala temple is counted as one of the five Sastha temples.
Which were established by Lord Parasurama an avatar of the Lord Vishnu?
We have other Sastha temples such as the Kulathupuzha the Sastha being a Balaka/ child. The Aryankavu the Sastha appears Brahmachari/ young man. The Achankovil Shastha temple here the lord leads Grihastha Ashrama’s life and is shown with his two wives. The Sabarimala temple the lord is shown through Vanaprastha taking the form of Ponnambala Medu appearing as a yogi at Makaravilaku.
In about three centuries the temple couldn’t be accessed due to the installation that took place. Now after the prince of Pandalam family discovered the original path leading to Sabarimala. This happened in the 9th century where many followers and devotees included the descendant of Vavar. He was a Muslim hero who was defeated by Manikandan. The prince was highly regarded as an avatar of the Ayyappa. He led a pack of tigers to his palace with the help of Vavar then disappeared. He believed to have gone to the Sabarimala temple. The whole temple was reconstructed and in the year 1821, the kingdom of Pandalam was included in Travancore. Travancore also has other 48 Sabarimala temples and the idol instituted in 1910.
Sabarimala Temple Opening
The temple management is well-organized opening early hours and closing late. This accommodates a lot of visitors who can book different hours of the day. Due to the large numbers of devotees the Kerala police and temple authorities have management plans. Sabarimala temple opens at 5.00 am and closes at the late hour of 10.00 pm. devotees who want to visit have to book an appointment through the official website.
The portal comes in handy for both devotees and the authority as they can manage all visitors at different times. Bookings happen at the www.sabarimalaq.com here the dates and times are available for devotees to pay and book. It helps in terms of security and overcrowding. Groups and individual booking also can be done here. With the high pilgrimage season being October to January payments and all other activities are done online.
Mandalakala starting time
Mandalakala ceremony is observed on the 17th of November 2019. Mandala Puja is done at the Sabarimala Ayyappa temple in Kerala. It’s officially observed on 11th or the 12th day of the Malayalam month of Dhanu. After this, we have the Mandala Puja which is concluded on the 41 days’. This is observed strictly by Lord Ayyappa devotees. Note the fast starts on the first day of the Malayalam month of Vrishchikam. This should be 41 days before Mandala Puja. The temple holds two important festivals which attract millions of pilgrims. Mandal Puja and Makar Vilakku get many devotees each season. However, the temple is always open for other devotees and visitors most of the days.
Worships at Sabarimala Temple
This is Aravana Payasam and Appam hey are prepared using rice, ghee, sugar, and Jaggery. The second-largest temple does the honor of providing rice used for Prasadam. Chettikulangara Devi temple supplies all the rice. An official appointment from the Travancore Devaswom board. Appointed the central food technological research institute to cater to quality on the rice used for Prasadam.
This a special prayer that is recited before the closing of the temple door every night. The prayer is Urakkupattu is composed of Kambangudi Kulathur Srinivasa Iyer in Sanskrit. He used the prayer after Athazha Puja while standing in front of the shrine of Ayyappa. Note there are different versions of the song according to the temple vocalists.
This an important ritual practiced at the Sabarimala temple by pilgrims. It involves pouring od sacred ghee which is brought by the pilgrim in Pallikettu/ Irumudi. The whole ritual means the amalgamation of Jeevatma and Paramatma. Pilgrim used a red Irumudi on their first journey as Kanni Ayyappan. However, others use navy blue until the third year after this they can use colored Saffron Irumudi.
This being a few to mention the Sabarimala temple receives lots of worship and ceremonies. Devotees visit to honor the festivals every year. Visitors and devotees are to follow all the laid rules strictly to honor Sabarimala and Lord Ayyappa.