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Perunad grama panchayat, Panthnamthitta, Kerala, India
All days of the week
5:30 AM - 10:00 PM (the temple remains open only on certain days of the month)
visit duration
1 to 2 hours

how to reach ayyappa temple

The temple is located amidst 18 hills on the western ghats in the Pathanamthitta District. The Pathanamthitta - Pamba is the main trunk road to Sabarimala. Kerala State Road Transport Corporation regularly operates, bus services from Pathanamthitta, Thiruvananthapuram, Kumili and Ernakulam.

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about ayyappa temple

A very important pilgrimage for Hindu men, Sabarimala Temple is believed to be the place where lord Ayappan meditated after killing the demon Mahishi. This temple is perched on top of a hill and is surrounded by mountains and forests. Even today hundreds of devotees follow the same forest track that Ayyappa is believed to have taken himself to reach the temple. Though a few choose to drive upto the Pamba river. From here every pilgrim has to trek 4 km through a forested path up a steep hill (Neelimala) to reach Sabarimala.

Women between the ages 10 to 50 are not allowed inside the temple as Lord Ayappan is celibate. All the pilgrims are expected to follow a 41 days penance where they are not supposed to consume alcohol, smoke, eat non vegetarian food, indulge in sexual acts or shave or have hair cuts. They are also expected to wear plain bue/black traditional clothes.

The temple remains open only on the first six days of every Malayalam month, during the days of Mandalapuja (15 Dec to 26 Jan approx) and the festive occations of Makara Sankrati and Vishu.

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