Parassinikadavu Muthappan Temple, Kannur, Kerala, IN

Deities: Lord Shiva (Muthappan)
Location: Kannur, Kerala
Main Attraction: Theyyam ritual that is performed daily
Best time to visit: April to August
STD Code: 0497

Situated 20 km away from Kannur, in North Kerala, the Parassinikadavu Muthappan Temple is located on the banks of the Valapatnam River and attracts people from all parts and sections of the society. Irrespective of religion and caste, thousands of devotees throng the place. This temple truly signifies the essence of “Vasudaiva Kutumbakam- the whole world is one family.”

This temple is supposed to have been built by the people of this town who felt the divine presence of Lord Shiva amongst them in the form of a small child. After various miraculous incidents, they built a temple that came to be known as Sri Muthappan temple. The incidents up to the point of his disappearance later made the denizens feel the divine presence of Muthappan (Shiva) who immediately erected a place of worship, which today is popularly known as the Parassinikadavu Muthappan Temple.

The temple is also a popular destination for travellers and pilgrims to savour the charm of Theyyam, a ritual that is performed here on a daily basis. Men adorning masks and costumes with a riot of colours perform this temple art form and it represents conflict between good and evil, with good ultimately emerging victorious.

This centre of worship and faith has in store many unique practices and rituals, and the temple architecture itself stands testimony to this aspect. Along with spiritual satisfaction, one also gets to relax in the serene surroundings of the temple.

The Snake Park is the only one of its kind in the State and perhaps the whole of India. There are three snake pits, fifteen glass cases for snakes and two large glass houses for King Cobras in the park. Snake demonstrations conducted every hour draw large crowds of visitors. Parassinikadavu is 16 km from Kannur town.

Other Attraction:
Thodikkulam Temple
Trichambaram Temple
Shree Ramaswami Temple
Thiruvangad
Thodeekulam Shiva Temple
Kottiyoor
Kunhimangalam
Cherukunnu
Arakkal Kettu

How to reach:
by Air: The Karipur airport is located at a distance of 93 kilometers from this temple.
by Rail: The Kannur railway station is located at a distance of 20 kilometers from this temple.
by Road: This temple can be easily reached from anywhere in Kerala as Kannur is well connected by a wide network of roads.

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Mannarasala Temple, Alleppeym Kerala, IN

Deities: Nagaraja
Location: Alleppey, Kerala
Importance: 30,000 images of snake-Gods.
Best time to visit: August to March
STD Code: 0477

Mannarasala Shree Nagaraja Temple is a very ancient and internationally-known centre of pilgrimage for the devotees of serpent gods. One of the rarest temples in the world where serpent deities are worshipped, particularly by woman priests. A fine example of eco-friendly existence. The Mannarasala temple is located about three kilometres to the south-east of the bus station in N.H.47 at Haripad, in Alleppey district of Kerala. Haripad, a culturally renowned ancient town with prominent role in the history of Central.

The sacred temple of Mannarasala is located amidst the shade of ancient trees entangled by many kinds of creepers, foliage and thick growth of cane and groves, exclusively dedicated as the habitat of divine serpents. The presiding deity at Mannarasala is Nagaraja. He is Anantha (Vishnu) and Sarparaja is Vasuki (Shiva). It is believed that Nagaraja, as the installed deity, is endowed with the form of Vishnu and the spirit of Siva. (From the phenomena observed at the time of the installation the power of Vasuki was manifested and that of Anantha interiorized. Taking into account the power of Vasuki which was manifest; the Saivite form of worship was followed. (This may be reason for the magnificent procession taken out here on Mahasivaratri day). Anantha represents the ‘Vaishnava Sankalpa’ and Siva represents the ‘Shaivaite Sankalpa’.

The couple should come to the temple and pray to the God for his blessings. Receipts for the offering have to be taken from the administration office. Offering includes a bronze Uruli that can be used to cook at least a score of rice, a Nilavilakku (bronze lamp), garland etc. In the presence of the temple authorities, the couples should offer the Uruli with its mouth upwards in front of the Nagaraja shrine after three rounds to the mannarasala temple with due prayers. An offering have to be given to Sarpayakshi as well. After Pooja, Valiamma will take the Uruli to Nilavara and it will be kept there with its mouth downward, which will be opened only after the couples get a child. Expenses for this offering are charted in a way to offer at least two Kadali fruits every day to Nagaraja, for about one year.

Legend:
Though the legends related to the origin of a place cannot be deemed as its history, the story on the evolution of Mannarasala temple as the supreme place of worship of the serpent Gods is associated with Parasurama, the creator of Kerala.

The history of Mannarasala has been mentioned in the ‘Mandara Salodayam’ Sanskrit poem written by Mannarasala M.G.Narayanan Nampoodiri of the sacred family, who wrote it on the basis of reliable accounts and legends traditionally handed down and in the light of old books available with the Mannarasala temple. Since the poem was incomplete, the history narrated here is from the book ‘The Serpent Temple Mannarasala’, published by Mr.N.Jayadevan of Manasa Publications (Translated to English by the renowned scholar Dr.Ayyappa Panikker). This book is also based on the advice and instructions received from the former Great Mother, and in accordance with the other members of the family as well as the old records examined for the purpose.

Legends say that when Kerala became habitable, a large number of Brahmins came as followers of Parasurama. He proposed his chief disciple to be in charge of worship to the serpent god and instructed him to follow various Pooja patterns to maintain the sanctity of the place. Thousands of people come here to carry out this sacred and rare offering to Nagaraja.

Festival:
The most celebrated festival at Mannarasala is the Ayilyam of Thulam. In the beginning, the Ayilyam of Thulam had no speciality or importance. It was a regular custom for the Maharaja of Travancore to visit this temple on Ayilyam day in Kanni. On one occasion, the Maharaja could not reach the temple as usual and had to postpone the visit to the Ayilyam day in Thulam. The royal palace met all the expenses for the celebrations of that Ayilyam. Several landed properties were given away to the temple free of land tax in order to make the festival more attractive, as an expression of repentance. Thus the Ayilyam of Thulam came to secure a royal splendor and official glamour without difficulty. The Ayilyam days of Kanni and Kumbham are still celebrated with befitting grandeur.

How to reach:
by Air: The nearest airport is Cochin, 64 km to the north; Trivandrum International Airport is 159 km to the south.
by Rail: Alleppey has recently been linked to Cochin by rail. Some trains link alleppey to cities like Chennai and Bokaro. The Alleppey Railway Station is 5 km from the central bus stand and the boat jetty.
by Road: Alleppey is on the NH 47 highway and is connected to all important towns in south India by public state transport buses. The most celebrated festival at Mannarasala is the Ayilyam of Thulam. In the beginning, the Ayilyam of Thulam had no speciality or importance. It was a regular custom for the Maharaja of Travancore to visit this temple on Ayilyam day in Kanni. On one occasion, the Maharaja could not reach the temple as usual and had to postpone the visit to the Ayilyam day in Thulam. The royal palace met all the expenses for the celebrations of that Ayilyam. Several landed properties were given away to the temple free of land tax in order to make the festival more attractive, as an expression of repentance. Thus the Ayilyam of Thulam came to secure a royal splendor and official glamour without difficulty. The Ayilyam days of Kanni and Kumbham are still celebrated with befitting grandeur.

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Padmanabhaswamy Temple, Kerala, India

Deities: Lord Vishnu
Location: Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala
Built in: 1600
Main Attraction: Massive idol of Lord Vishnu
Best time to visit: April-Feb Nov
STD Code: 0471

Padmanabhaswamy temple is a famous Hindu temple of Lord Vishnu, located inside the Fort in city of Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India. The temple is one of the 108 divya desam the holiest abodes of Lord Vishnu and the main deity, Padmanabhaswamy is a form of Vishnu in Anananthasayanam posture (in eternal sleep of yognidra). This is an ancient temple and the city of Thiruvananthapuram derives its name from the name of the presiding deity enshrined in the temple.

This is an ancient temple and has been revered by the Tamil hymns of the Alwar Saint Nammalwar of the 1st millennium CE. Eight shrines in Kerala and has mentioned Tirupuliyur in one of his hymns.

This temple enshrines an imposing image of Vishnu, in the Anantasayanam posture; an image viewed through three doors in front of the shrine. The original image was of wood; the current image was fashioned out of 1200 saaligramams which were specially brought down for this purpose and moulded into shape with a special paste kadusarkara – a mixture of lime, granite, molasses and mustard. Vishnu is viewed through three doors in a row – the face on the southern side, the feet on the northern side and the nabhi (navel) in the middle. Padmanabhan is enshrined in the yoganidhra posture, reclining on Aadiseshan – (making offerings of vilvam to a small Shiva lingam, to his right).

The sanctum of this temple is fashioned in the style of the temples of Kerala, while the surrounding walls and the towers resemble that of the Tamil (Dravidian architecture) temples. Interesting murals adorn the outer walls of the sanctum. There are shrines to Narasimha, Hanuman and Krishna near the sanctum.

The flagstaff is enclosed in a casing of gold. The Kulasekhara mandapam near the flagstaff has fine sculptures dating back to the 17th century. The long prakaram, with a terraced roof with 324 columns, measures 540 feet by 325 feet, and is about 24 feet wide. It has two rows of granite pillars, and every pillar bears an image of a Deepalakshmi. Also here are images of yalis (mythological animal), with non removable stone balls in their mouths.

Feast of light’- the phrase may seem a bit clichéd to you. But when you get a glimpse of the grand Padmanabhaswamy temple at Thiruvananthapuram when the majestic structure gets decked out with one hundred thousand lights (lakshadeepam), you will feel renewed. This event of decorating the temple with lights is held once in six years as the culminating ritual of Murajapam, a 56 day- long chanting of sacred verses. On this day, the images of Lord Padmanabha, Lord Narasimha and Lord Krishna are taken out on Garudavahana (the mythological eagle which is the vehicle of Lord Vishnu) in a grand procession.

Legend:
Sage Divakara prayed to Lord Krishna for his darshan. Lord Krishna came in disguise as a small boy who was very mischievous. Once the small cute boy swallowed the Saligrama which was kept in Puja. The Sage got enraged and started chasing the boy and finally the boy hid himself behind the tree. Then, the tree fell down and became Lord Vishnu in Sayana Kolam (lying posture) around kilometers. The Sage then prayed Lord Vishnu that he could not pray him fully as his form is so huge. Immediately, the Lord shrunk himself and told the sage that they would worship through three doors. First one where the Lord Vishnu offers worship to Lord Shiva, the second entrance is Lord Brahma praying Lord Vishnu from his lotus navel and third is Lord Vishnu holy feet which leads to salvation. There is also a view that the original Murti which was made of the wood of that tree got burned during a fire that engulfed the temple complex, which was a sign of the unhappiness of the lord with the then king.

Festival:
In the October/November months of every year, there is held the Navaratri Festival of musical concerts at the Navaratri Mandapam, adjacent to the main building of the temple. Only Hindus are allowed inside and dress regulations are strictly followed. Ten-day festivals are held during Meenam (March-April) and Thulam (September – October). These are marked by Kodiyetram (flag-hoisting) on the first day, Pallivetta (hunting) and a procession on the ninth day and Aaraattu on the tenth day, when the deity is taken in a colourful procession to the sea and given a sacred dip. Thousands of devotees witness this grand ceremony.

It is a temple vibrant with tradition, having been associated for years with the arts and music. The rulers of Travancore have held this temple in the highest regard. Even today, an elaborate worship protocol is followed in the strictest sense and this is one of the best maintained temples in India.

Other Temples in Kerala:
Koodalmanikyam Temple
Kulathupuzha Temple
Guruvayur Temple
Attukal Bhagavathi Temple

How to reach:
by Air: Kerala is well connected to major cities of India. International airlines also fly to Thiruvananthapuram International Airport.
by Rail: There are around 200 railway stations in Kerala connecting most of the places in the state to places in the other parts of India and inside the State.
by Road: Major modes of road transport are buses, tourist taxis, cars, autos etc. State is connected with other parts of South India by a number of National Highways.

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Gundicha Temple, Puri, Orissa, India

Deity: Lord Krishna
Location: Northeastern side of the Jagannath temple, Puri, Orissa
Founded In: 16th century
Significance: Believed to be the dwelling place of Lord Krishna’s aunt
Best time to visit: October to April

Puri as known to the Hindus all over the world as a religious center and for the good stretch of the white sand beaches on the banks of Bay of Bengal. Puri is dominated by two great forces, one created by God, and the other by man.

Gundicha Temple was built by Gundicha Devi to commemorate the birth of his son Niladri Singh. A colossal statue of Lord Narasimhanath, installed in the sanctum of the temple, was built by King Prithiraj Singhdeo. Gundicha Temple is considered to be the home of the aunt of Lord Krishna. However, the temple has been named after the King Indradyumna, who was also known by the name ‘Gundicha’. This is because he was the one who laid the foundation for establishment of this temple.

The distance between the gates of Jagannath temple and the Gundicha temple, is exactly 2,688.0696 meters (8327 feet). The temple is surrounded by a wall and stands in the middle of garden. The compound has two walls, one outer and another inner in the middle of which stands the main shrine. Unlike any other Orissan temple design it is almost a dome with Vishnu’s wheel on the top.

The inner and parts of the outer walls are full of murals and paintings belonging to the sixteenth century. A beautiful Garuda idol adorns the eastern most corner of the temple.

The images of Jagannath, Balabhadra and Subhadra are annually taken in a chariot procession to the place. The Jagannath triad stay here for seven days. The pious believe that a sight of the Lord here is equal to thousand visits to the main Jagannath temple.

This Temple is known otherwise as ‘Janak puri’ because, here according to Puranic legend the King Indradyaumna performed the sacrifices and the Lords, Jagannath, Balabhadra, Subhadra and Sudarsana appeared on the altar.

During the Car-festival the Lords spend seven days and there after they go back to their own Temple .

The people believe according to tradition that these tortoises were human beings in their past life and had carried huge stones on their backs for the construction of the Temple of Jagannath (Bada deula). Therefore they became tortoises since them. So they are only the living witnesses of the building of Jagannath Temple by the legendary King Indrayaumna.

Other important Attraction:
Jagannath Temple:
Puri Beach
Temple of Child Krishna at Indradyumna Tank
Atharnala Bridge

How to Reach:
by Air: The nearest airport is in 56 km away, in Bhubaneswar, which has domestic flights to and from Bombay.
by Rail: Puri railway station is a major railway station and is well connected with almost all the major cities of India. The railway station is easily accessible from the main town area.
by Road: Well-connected to all the major cities of Orissa and surrounding areas through extensive network of roads.

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Aranmula Temple, Kerala, India

Deities: Lord Krishna
Location: Tiruvalla, Kerala
Also known as: Parthasarthi Temple
Famous for: Snake boat races
Best time to visit: August-September

Aranmula is traditional Village in Pathanamthitta district, Kerala State India and about 110KM North from Trivandrum ,the State Capital and 125 Km South from Cochin. Aranmula is famous for Aranmula Metal Mirror and the centuries old Vaishnavite temple, the Shree Parthasarathy temple on the banks of the Holy River Pampa, is fast turning into a cultural tourism centre in the State with growing number of foreign tourists visiting the place.

Legend:
Legend has it that the Pandava princes, after crowning Parikshit left on a pilgrimage of India, and in Kerala, each of these brothers installed Vishnu on the banks of the Pampa and nearby places and offered worship. (Chengannur – Yuddhishtra, Tiruppuliyur – Bheema, Aranmula – Arjuna, Tiruvamundur – Nakula and Tirukkadittaanam – Sahadeva). It is said that Arjuna built this temple at Nilackal near Sabarimalai. And the image was brought here in a raft made of six pieces of bamboo to this site, and hence the name Aranmula (six pieces of bamboo).

This temple, to expiate for the sin of having killed Karna on the battlefield, against the dharma of killing an unarmed enemy. It is also believed that Vishnu (here) revealed the knowledge of creation to Brahma from whom the Madhukaitapa demons stole the Vedas.

There is yet another legend associated with Parthasarathy here. On the ninth dayof the battle of Kurukshetra, the Kauravas reigned supreme under the leadership of Bheeshma, when Krishna motivated Arjuna to take initative and vanquish his foe. Upon his hesitating to do so, Krishna jumped down in rage, and took up his discus; seeing this sight Bheeshma surrendered to him and Arjuna beseeched him not to kill Bheeshma, as it would bave been against Krishna’s vow to take up arms in his battle. It is believed that it is this image of Krishna that is enshrined here, with a discus.

Aranmula temple is famous for its Aranmula “kannadi“, which is basically a mirror engulfed by some exquisite metal works. “Kannadi” is Malayalam for mirror and this kind of mirror work is found exclusively in Aranmula and nowhere in the world. If you happen to visit Aranmula, buy these beautiful mirrors that are available in all shapes and sizes. The Aranmula Temple is famous for its murals, which were carved out during the 18th century. It is a soul satisfying experience and one that you shall never forget in your life.

Festival & Event:
The Aranmula Vallamkali, the world famous water carnivals – boat race is the main important event related to this place, during the Onam season. This temple is located on the banks of the river Pampa. A tradition of sending an offering of rice and other material required for a feast from a nearby village, on a water boat relates to the origin of this festival and this tradition is continued even today (this is related to a legend in which a devotee fed a hungry pilgrim, who directed him to send food to Aranmula and disappeared, revealing that he was none other than Vishnu).

Snake boats accompany the sacred boat. Snake boats from 39 Karas from Chennithala in the west to Ranni in the east participate in the water sport Vellamkali. These boats assemble since dawn and sail in pairs for about 2 hours. A snake boat is about 103 feet in length. Each boat has about 4 helmsmen 100 rowers and 25 singers. After the water sport there is an elaborate feast in the Aranmula temple.

Another festival celebrated here is the Khandavanadahanam celebrated in the Malayalam month of Dhanus. For this festival, a replica of a forest is created in front of the temple with dried plants, leaves and twigs. This bonfire is lit, symbolic of the Khandavana forest fire of the Mahabharata.

This festival where Aranmula Parthasarathy is taken in a grand procession on the garuda mount to the Pampa river bank, where an image of the Bhagawati from the nearby Punnamthode temple is brought in procession for the arattu festival.

Vijnana Kala Vedi, a school of traditional art founded by French artist Louba Child, is in Aranmula, on the way to Kozhencherry.

Other small temples in Aranmula are:
Ganapati Temple
Kadakal
Punnamthottam
Kuruvilakkavu
Kaippuzha
Pallimukkom

How to reach:
by Air: the nearest airports are at Trivandrum and Cochin and Aranmula can be reached easily. Cochin which is 110 km away.
by Rail: Nearest railway station Chengannur, this is about 1O km away. The three railway junctions in Cochin are Ernakulam town, Cochin harbor and Ernakulam junction.
by Road: Cochin is well connected by a wide network of roads and Aranmula is easily accessible once you reach Cochin. You can always hire local transport and reach Aranmula.

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Ashvakranta Temple, Guwahati, Assam, India

Deities: Lord Krishna
Location: Guwahati, Assam
Importance: It is believed that Ashvakranta is the site at which Krishna camped with his horses and army before he killed the demon Narakasura
Famous for: Images of Sri Krishna
STD Code: 0361

The land of Assam with its beautiful temples beckons all those who want to feel a divine connection. Sitting in the court of these temples as you meditate you feel a divine connection as nothing can beat the absolute tranquility that surrounds these temples. As far architecture goes, these carry the reflections of greater India.

The Ashvakranta temple in Guwahati in Assam is an ancient one and is associated with the legend of Krishna slaying the demon Narakasura.It is believed that Ashvakranta is the site at which Krishna camped with his horses and army before he killed the demon Narakasura, hence the name Ashvakranta.

According to the Naraka legend, Lord Vishnu placed him as the King of Pragjyotisa. At first Naraka was pious and ruled his country righteously. But soon he became friendly with Bana, King of Sonitpur, and a Shaivite king who had become all powerful by propitiating Lord Shiva.Legend has it that Naraka, the son of Krishna was appointed ruler of Assam. He fell into bad ways and began tormenting mortals and the Gods, especially under the influence of another demon Bana.

The sage Vashishta visited Kamarupa Desa with the intention of worshipping Kamakhya Devi. Naraka stopped him from doing so and hence the sage cursed him that he would be killed by his own father Vishnu.

As Narakasura’s attrocities increased, Vishnu (Krishna) invaded Kamarupa (Pragjyotishapura) and vanquished the demon. Upon being slain, the remorseful demon pleaded with Krishna, that his death would be celebrated with fanfare by humanity, in the wee hours of the new moon morning in the month of Libra. This legend forms the basis of the grandest festival in India Diwali- the festival of Lights.

Also located near Guwahati is Vasishtashrama or the hermitage of Vasishta, where he is believed to have carried out penances meditating upon Shiva. Legend has it that Indra along with heavenly damsels, rendered the nearby streams impure, and incurred the wrath of Vasishta. As a result of which he was born on earth as a mortal, who later on rose to be the founder of the Ahom dynasty of Assam.

This friendship between the two resulted in King Naraka becoming irreligious and presumptuous. Possessed by demonic ideas (“Asuram Bhavamwadya”), Naraka began to harass the Brahmanas and even neglected the Goddess Kamakhya, who was greatly favoured by Lord Vishnu.

Near By Attraction:
Ashvakranta Temple.
Kamakhya Temple.
Madan Kamadeva.
Sukresvara Temple.
Navagraha Temple.
Umananda Temple.
Vasisthasrama.
Ugratara Temple.

How to reach:
Guwahati is well connected to the major cities. It is the hub of the road network to the north eastern region and to centers west of Assam. The distance between Guwahati and Kolkata is 1151 km and between Darjeeling and Guwahati is 627 km.

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Sabarimala Temple, Kerala, India

Deity: Lord Ayyappa
Location: Western Ghats, Kerala
Significance: Holy pilgrimage of the Hindus
Altitude: 914m above Sea Level
Main Festival: Sabarimala Temple Festival

Sabarimala is the most famous pilgrim centre in Kerala. Located at village of Sabarimala, Sri Ayyappa Temple falls in the eastern part of Kerala bordered by Tamil Nadu. This temple is dedicated to Lord Ayyappa. Situated at an altitude of 914 m above the sea level. Lord Ayyappa who is believed to be the union of Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu. According to local beliefs, Lord Parasurama enshrined the deity at the foot of Sabari hills whose reference is also found in Ramayana. It is believed to be the place where Lord Ayyapa meditated soon after killing the powerful demon, Mahishi. It is situated on a hilltop and is surrounded by mountains and dense forest. This temple is unique in many respects.

One is that 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 called “Vavarunada“.

This is an epitome of religious harmony. Suggesting the religious tolerance, the tour to Sabarimala is said to be incomplete without the worship of Lord Vavar. From Sabarimala Temple, People can also see Makara Vilakku, which is a holy light on the close by hill. This light is regarded as a sign of the divine presence. Another fact is that it is not open throughout the year. It is open for worship, only during the days of Mandalapooja, Makaravilakku and Chitra Vishnu. The pilgrims have to follow fasting for many days and the journey to the temple is to be taken through difficult paths in the forest as the vehicles can go only up to Pampa. The dome of Sabarimala Temple is covered with gold.

As legend goes it was in the Sabarimala village that Shabari prayed and worshipped Lord Rama and fed him sweet jungle berries when he visited her. According to another legend the Sabarimala temple was established by Lord Parasurama and it is believed that he personally dedicated this temple to the worship of Lord Ayyappa.Sabari was a devout of Lord Rama and her devotion is widely attributed to that of an ideal devotee.

Sabarimala Temple Tour is strenuous and passes through the thick forests of the Sahyadri Mountains. It takes 3 days from the base of the hill to reach the temple.

Festival:
Sabarimala is one of the most important Hindu temples of Kerala. The Sabarimala Temple festival is celebrated in honour of Lord Ayyapa who is revered by all in India. There are two main pujas called the Mandal Puja and the Makar Sankranti Puja, which are celebrated from November to Middle of January in Kerala, during which time the devotees perform austerities and penance. People visiting Sabarimala during the festival are supposed to observe strict self-discipline while on pilgrimage. A majority of the pilgrims are men who have to observe fast for forty days, celibacy, growing a beard and daily prayer rituals. Young girl’s women also undertake the pilgrimage trip to Sabarimala.

How to reach:
by Road: One can easily reach Sabarimala Temple by taking Regular Buses or by hiring Taxis from Kerala.
by Rail: Nearest Railway stations to Sabarimala are Kottayam and Chengannur.
by Air: The nearest airports are located at Thiruvanathapuram and Kochi at a distance of 115 kms and 106 kms from Sabarimala.

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