श्रीराम जय राम जय जय राम, শ্ৰীৰাংজয়ৰাংজয়জয়ৰাং, শ্রীরাম জয় রাম জয় জয় রাম , શ્રીરામ જય રામ જયજય રામ, ಶ್ರೀರಾಮಜಯರಾಮಜಯಜಯರಾಮ, ശ്രിറാം ജയ് റാം ജയ്‌ ജയ് റാം, శ్రీరాంజయరాంజయజయరాం

Sabarimala Shree Ayyappa Swamy Temple (Kerala)

Sabarimala Shree Ayyappa Swamy Temple(Kerala)

Shree Ayyappa Swami-1

Sabarimala Shree Ayyappa Swamy Temple is one of the most ancient and renowned temples in the country. It is believed that the Deity of this temple was consecrated by Lord Parshurama at the foot of the Sabari hills where the yogini Sabari mentioned in Ramayana lived and did penance.

Sabarimala Yatra-2Over 1.5 Crore pilgrims visit the sacred site of this temple from all over Bharat ( mainly from the states of Kerala, Tamilnadu, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and now from Maharashtra and Gujarat also).

Location: Shree Sabarimala Ayyappa Swamy temple is situated amidst the dense Reserve Forests in the southern most portion of Periyar Tiger Reserve, about 70 kms. east from Pattanamthitta (district place).

Sabarimala to Kochi- 210 km Sabarimala to Kottayam- 134 km Sabarimala to Thiruanatapuram- 235 kmn Sabarimala to Kozikode (Calicut)- 415 km

VRITHAM

Sabarimala Yatra -1During the austerities many pilgrims often do not stay at home, but prefer to stay in a hall adjacent to a temple or in special prayer halls called Bhajana-madom’s built for the purpose of group worship, singing devotional songs and so on. His food is called Bhaksha-alms. He should not entertain any worldly distinction of caste, creed, religion or occupation. For the time being, he becomes a recluse for all practical purposes. Although he is in the midst of society, he leads a very different pattern of life, relaxed and transcendental, his mind mostly occupied with the thoughts of the Supreme Truth. He is like a Yogi who lives in a solitary cave in the mountain fastness. During this period the pilgrim usually wears blue or black clothes with a shawl of the same color over his shoulders. If he is working in an office, he wears the dress of a Swami after office hours.

It is almost a total break from the ordinary pattern of life and this special discipline for a certain period reinforces him physically, mentally and spiritually. Some modern psychologists are of the opinion that the suppression of the sexual instinct is not advisable. According to the Yogic approach the withdrawal from indulgence in sense pleasures with the aim and effort for a spiritual breakthrough results in a healthy sublimation of sexual energy, and thus reinforces the body , mind and spirit. The pilgrims is thus availing himself an opportunity for an all-round recharging. Many pilgrims, after returning from the pilgrimage, long eagerly for the next chance

Importantant Events

During this pilgrimage many miraculous events in Nature occur as if programmed, indicating Greater Supreme Reality behind everything-

1. The sighting of the auspicious Eagle in the sky three times- a). near Erumeli around 11th January, b). While the procession carrying the ornaments of the Lord starts from the Pandalam Palace,  c). also when this procession reaches a sacred spot , Saramkuthiyaal, near the Sabarimala Temple

2. The darshan of the Jyoti on the mountain top

How to Get there: Today a pilgrim can reach up to a place called Pampa on the banks of river Pampa, in a vehicle; and from there he has to make a 6 km climb of one mountain only called Neelimala to reach the shrine. However, even today many pilgrims prefer to go by the traditional forest route after reaching Erumeli, a holy place associated with Sabarimala pilgrimage. From there they would walk about 50 kms through forests and mountain peaks to reach Pampa and then climb the mountain, Neelimala. From Erumali there are three ways to reach Pampa. By two routes, the pilgrim can reach in vehicle one by Erumaeli-Ranny-Plappilli road and the other by Erumeli-Mukkoottuthara-Plappilli road. And the third, as mentioned above, is the traditional route.

 Erumeli to Thiruanatapuram – 146 kmn Erumali to Kottayam- 56 km

Pampa to Kochi via Kottayam- 200 Pampa to Thiruanathapuram via Pattanamthitta- 175 km

Erumali to Pampa via Ranni- 119 km Erumali to Pampa via Athikayam- 69 km