|Month||Pooja||Opening Date||Closing Date||Opening Time|
|February||Monthly Pooja – Kumbham||12/02/2017||17/02/2017||5 PM - 10 PM|
|March||Monthly Pooja – Meenam||14/03/2017||19/03/2017||5 PM - 10 PM|
|Sabarimala Utsavam||30/03/2017||09/04/2017||5 PM - 10 PM|
|Painkuni Uthram (Ayyappan Nakshatra Birth Date) & Arattu||09/04/2017|
|April||Meda Vishu Festival||10/04/2017||18/04/2017||5 PM - 10 PM|
|May||Monthly Pooja – Edavam||14/05/2017||19/05/2017||5 PM - 10 PM|
|June||Idol Installation Pooja||03/06/2017||04/6/2017||5 PM - 10 PM|
|Idol Installation Day||04/06/2017|
|Monthly Pooja – Midhunam||14/06/2017||19/06/2017||5 PM - 10 PM|
|July||Monthly Pooja – Karkkidakam||16/07/2017||21/07/2017||5 PM - 10 PM|
|August||Monthly Pooja – Chingam||16/08/2017||21/08/2017||5 PM - 10 PM|
|September||Onam Pooja||02/09/2017||06/09/2017||5 PM - 10 PM|
|Monthly Pooja – Kanni||16/09/2017||21/09/2017||5 PM - 10 PM|
|October||Monthly Pooja – Thulam||16/10/2017||21/10/2017||5 PM - 10 PM|
|Sree Chithra Atta Thirunal||18/10/2017||19/10/2017||5 PM - 10 PM|
|November||Mandala Pooja Maholsavam||15/11/2017||26/12/2017||5 PM - 10 PM|
|December||Thirunada opens for Makaravilakku||30/12/2017||20-01-2018||5 PM - 7 AM|
|January 2018||Makaravilakku Day||14/01/2018|
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Sabarimala Lord Ayyapan Temple – Holy Place of Hariharan
Sabarimala Sree Dharma Sastha Temple of Kerala is the temple dedicated to Lord Ayyapan and is a renowned temple by its significance. The temple is located in Pathanamthitta district on top of the mountain which is about 3000 Feet above sea level. The major specialty of Sabarimala Ayyapan temple is that the temple is OPEN TO ALL who visits the temple during the opening dates and closing dates. Another fascinating fact of the temple is that the holy place will not be open throughout the year. It is open for worship and darshan which will be conducted during the opening days of Makaravilakku, Mandalapooja, and Chitra Vishu.
Every pilgrim who wants to worship Lord Ayyapa at Sabarimala needs to do a 41 Day fasting and cleanliness procedure. After 41 days, the pilgrim has to travel through the most tedious and difficult path of spines and stones to reach the temple. Want to know more amazing facts about Sabarimala Ayyapan temple? Just scroll down the cursor to find out the brief history of Lord Ayyapa, details of pooja like Makaravilakku pooja, Mandalapooja and Chitra Vishu, Sabarimala temple opening & closing Dates, distance, travel, and much more.
Legend & History of Lord Ayyapan – Son of Lord Vishnu & Lord Shiva
How was Lord Ayyapan born?
Lord Ayyapan is a graceful God who sits in the penance position in the temple and showers his incomparable blessings to everyone. Lord Ayyapan is known by several names such as Aiyappan
Ayyappan, Bhoolokanathan, Bhoothanathan, Dharmasastha, Erumelivasan, Harihar, Hariharaatmaja, Hariharan, Hariharaputra, Hariharasuthan, Kaliyugavaradhan, Karuna Sagar, Lakshmanapranadata, Lankapuravidahaka, Lokapujya, Manikantan, Pambavasan, Pandalavasan, Ponmala, Sabareesh, Sabareeshwara, Sabari, Sabari Girish, Shri Jagadeesh, and Veeramani. Lord Ayyapa is born by slaying a monstrous demon called Magishi. The deep history of Ayyapan is as follows: A Sovereign King called Rajashekara Pandian was ruling the Pandya Dynasty of Pandalam Nadu. He is a sincere devotee of Lord Shiva. The King had no heir to inherit his throne since he was displeased for being childless.
At the same time, the demon Magishi continuously persecuted the Rishis since their prayers are the reasons for her brother Magishasuran’s death. Magishi got the strong power and blessing from Brahma. Lord Vishnu switched his appearance into a girl called Mohini and saved the Rishis. Lord Shiva who heard about Mohini rushed to see her and fell in love with her instantly. As a result of their love, a baby boy was born. Lord Shiva thought of offering this baby to his profound devotee King Rajashekara Pandian. So, he kept his child with the gold bell around the neck nearby Pamba river.
King noticed the baby and at the same time a yogi came and said that the baby was named as “Manikandan”. As advised by the Yogi, he grew up him as his own child. As he was growing, Manikandan learned all the martial arts and excelled in sashtras which were unbelievable. In the Opening stage, Manikandan was the super smart child who seemed to possess the super special characteristics.
The Truth Revealed about Manikandan
King Rajashekar and his Queen both were happy & proud of their son Manikandan. After some years, the Queen gave birth to a boy called as Rajarajan. Diwan – a person who planned to acquire the throne hated Manikandan from the beginning itself. Diwan took several steps to kill Manikandan but failed in his every attempt. Finally, he plotted to brainwash the Queen and made her act like a patient. She became the prey for his trap and also, Diwan told the doctor to nod heads to his words. The physician, as instructed, said that the headache problem of the Queen can only be cured by a tigress’s milk.
He somewhat turned the situation favorable to his side and made Manikandan travel to the forest. King Rajashekar sent his boy along with some weapons and guards to the forest through the gate opening of the palace. On his way, he finds the demon Magishi (Mahisi) who ruins the life of people and the Yogis. He took off her life and danced on top of her chest on the banks of Azhutha River. This created a large impact amongst the Devas and was witness by Lord Shiva & Mahavishnu. Thereafter, he moved his way to the tigress for getting the milk (the medicine for the Queen). At that instance, Lord Shiva appeared before him and asked him to go to the palace with Lord Devendra in the form of the tiger. When he reached, everyone was shocked to see Manikandan’s ride on the tiger.
Just then, the Rishi who met before when he was a child appeared and the truth opening about Manikandan happened. King Rajashekar was shockingly surprised and fell to his feet as a sign of apologies. He asked Manikandan to tell a place where his temple needs to be built for an opening. Manikandan threw an arrow which struck at Sabari. After then, King built the temple in a grandeur manner with 18 holy steps as instructed by the Lord Ayyapan. Till now, people are worshipping Lord Ayyan during the opening dates & closing dates every year to get the blessings from the Lord.
Sabarimala Sree Dharma Sasta Temple – History, Facts, Legend, Opening & Closing Date
Sabarimala Sree Dharma Sasta Temple is one of the famous temples in India and is known for the Ayyapan worship. The temple will not be open for all time. The opening & Closing dates are clearly defined & only at that time you can really view the Lord Ayyapan. The important feature of this temple is that the blessing is common for everyone irrespective of all the differences in human. The basic legend that prevailed in Sabarimala Ayyapan Temple is that it was laid out in accordance with the instructions of the Lord Manikandan himself.
According to that, only a person who performs fasting and leads a life like a Bachelor leaving all the desires, family and tastes for 41 days will be blessed whole-heartedly by the Lord Ayyapan. As a custom, Only men are allowed to visit inside of the Ayyapan temple. Also, the small girls are allowed who have not undergone puberty stage. Ladies are usually not allowed to visit the temple since they cannot fast with cleanliness for the 41 days. Old Ladies who have crossed the menopause stage can enter the temple as they can abide by the principles of the Lord Aiyappan.
Kovil Sanidhanam & Holy 18 Steps of Sabarimala Ayyapan Temple, Kerala
In Kerala, the temple stands on an elevated plain of about 40 feet high thereby giving a beautiful picturesque of the mountains and the valleys below. Now, the entire square of Sabarimala temple comprises a sanctum sanctorium with four golden finials at the top, the Belikalpura housing, two mandapams, and the ‘kodimaram’ or the flag staff in the front of the sanidhanam. The idol of Lord Ayyapan is about one & half feet tall and lies within the Sannidhanam which is made out of Panchaloha (an amalgam of five metals). Lord Ayyapan can only be viewed and worshiped during the opening dates & closing dates. The one significant feature of Sabarimala temple is the Pathinettam Padi (18 Holy steps).
As per the tradition, the people who fasted for 41 days will finally carry the Irumudi on their head and will be allowed to use the steps to worship the lord. Each step has its special importance. The first five steps symbolize the five human senses (Panchendriyas) – vision, hearing, taste, touch and smell. The next eight steps represent the eight Ashtaragas – Love, Anger, Lust, Pride, Avarice, Jealousy, Unhealthy Competition, and Boastfulness. The following three steps symbolize the three Gunas – discernment, enjoyment, stupor. The final two steps symbolize knowledge and ignorance. The pilgrims can only worship the Lord after traveling through the 18 Holy steps that too only on the opening dates.
Sabarimala Ayyapan is worshiped every year by millions of pilgrims. Lord Ayyapan temple opening dates, closing dates along with the ritual timings are listed below. Take a look before studying the importance of festival at Sabarimala Ayyapan Temple.
Makaravilakku Pooja or Puja at Sabarimala
Makaravilakku puja is celebrated in Sabarimala Ayyapan temple every year on January 14, 2017, and it is the important opening date of the temple. It is also called as the Makar Sankranti. The highlight of the Puja is the light of Makarajothi (Light of the lord) which is being lit on the Horizon of Ponnambala Medu. It is witnessed by millions of devotees. Makaravilakku pooja will be celebrated for 7 days starting from 14th January. Dharma Sastha temple will be kept open for all those days from morning till night.
One most important part of the pooja is the procession of Lord Ayyapan’s sacred jewelry which will be taken from the Pandalam palace along the streets of the area. Thousands of people will congregate to see the jewelry which will be carried by the priest in a vehicle. Makkaravilakku Pooja ceremony will be conducted in Manimandapam near Lord Durgadevi shrine. After the Puja, Malikappurath Amma will be taken a procession on an elephant’s back and returns back to the Sabarimala Ayyapan temple. This way the pooja will be celebrated in a magnificent manner at Sabarimala during the opening date of Makaravilakku.
Mandala Pooja at Sabarimala
Mandala Pooja is a famous celebration at Sabarimala Ayyapan temple. The pooja will be performed for a period of 41 days starting from the 1st day of Malayalam month of Vrishchikam. During the mandala pooja period, the devotees will make a pilgrimage to the Lord Ayyappan’s Shrine at Sabarimala. Mandala Pooja signifies 41 days of austerities. Mala(ball garland) will be worn by the devotee who has to take up Vrutham or austerities for the next 41 days. Main Mandala pooja happens on the 41st day in which the Mala will be removed thus ending the fasting. Closing date of the pooja can be calculated from our listed table of contents.
Chitra Vishu Darshan & Pooja
Vishu Darshan & Pooja will be held at Sabarimala Ayyapan temple on April 14th. It is the first day of Chithirai month of Tamil Calendar. But, the Ayyappa temple will be opened for the Vishu festival from April 10th itself. The opening date of the Ayyapan temple for Vishu Darshan is on April 10th. Every day, Neyyabishekam will be performed to the Vishukani followed by routine rituals and poojas. During the Neyyabhishekam between 3 to 7 AM, the temple will be opened and devotees are allowed to worship the Lord Ayyapan. Vishu Darshan is one important festival at Sabarimala and the opening date forVishu darshan is between April 10th to April 18th. The closing date will be on April 18th and the doors of Sabarimala temple for Vishu Darshan will be closed at 10 PM.
Sabarimala Lord Ayyapan Temple – A Must Visit Holy Place in India
Kerala Sabarimala Ayyapan Temple is a renowned religious place of India being visited by lakhs and lakhs of visitors every year to get the darshan of Lord Ayyapan. The temple has the beautiful authentic style of architecture and well-organized schedule for opening and closing of the temple. During the important festivals like Makaravilakku, Onam, Vishu festival, Sabarimala temple will be opened. The celebration of festivals is highly recognized among the people of South India. Almost all the people who enter into the temple will wear a black colored dress as a tradition. Also, Vibuthi is the prasad given after worshiping Lord Ayyapan. Foods can be got at considerably low rates for the ease of the pilgrims.
Also, accommodation facilities are available for the devotees to rest at reasonable prices. Online booking and reservation are also accessible for our Lord Ayyapan temple. Sabarimala Sree Dharma Sasta Temple is one of the best pilgrimage sites to visit in South India. Keep in mind that only a men, small boy or a girl can get into the complex of the temple as a custom. Hope so, all the information provided above has benefited you in an effective way. On the whole, Sabarimala Lord Ayyapan Temple is a must-visit holy place in India and do visit if chances are favorable.