Sabarimala Sree Dharma Sastha Temple, dedicated to Lord Ayyappa, is the most famous and prominent among all the Sastha temples in Kerala. The temple is situated on a hilltop (about 3000 feet above sea level) named Sabarimala in Pathanamthitta district, which is unique in many respects. The uniqueness gathers its voice, as the temple is open to all, irrespective of caste, creed or religion. There is a place near the temple; east to Sannidhanam, dedicated to the Vavar (a sufi and friend of Lord Ayyappa) which is called 'Vavarunada', an epitome of religious harmony. Another interesting fact is that it is not open throughout the year. It is open for worship only during the days of Mandalapooja, Makaravilakku and Chitra Vishu. It is said that the pilgrims have to follow fasting for 41 days to cleanse their minds before going to Sabarimala. The journey to the temple is to be taken through difficult paths in the forest as the vehicles can go only up to Pampa.
Sabarimala Sree Ayyappa temple, the oldest and most important Dharmasasthav temple is believed to be consecrated by Parasurama maharshi. Situated deep in the forest and surrounded by 18 hills, this shrine draws millions of devotees every year. The pilgrimage culminates on a grueling 4 km journey on foot through dense forest to reach the shrine.All devotees embarking on this pilgrimage are treated as Ayyappa, irrespective of their caste, religion or social status creating the true spirit of Tatvamasi.Enquiry