The Sabarimala temple in Kerla, dedicated to Lord Ayyappa, is scheduled to open for Manadala Pooja. Let’s look at 5 absolutely fascinating facts about Sabarimala.
1- Sabarimala is the largest annual pilgrimage in the world with an estimated 50 million devotees visiting every year
2-Sabarimala is believed to be the place where the Hindu God Ayyappan meditated after killing the powerful demoness, Mahishi.
3-Sabarimala pilgrim wear only black or blue dress.They do not shave till the completion of pilgrimage and smear Vibhuti or Sandal paste on their forehead.
4-Women between the ages of 10 and 50 are not allowed to enter the temple as they fell in menstrual group.
5-The temple is open for worship only during the days of Mandalapooja which falls around 15 November to 26 December, Makaravilakku which falls on 14 January, Maha Vishuva Sankranti which falls on 14 April, and the first five days of each Malayalam month.