Among the rugged hills of the Western Ghats one can get a glimpse of Indian tradition in the temples and places of worship in Sabrimala. Here one may find the holy temple that is dedicated to Lord Ayyappan. So, pilgrims from all over the world comes here during the time of worship of the Lord and pay homage to him by lighting candles.
History of Sabrimala:
Sabrimala is located a top a hill station, which is 1260 meters high above the ground and is in the middle of 18 hills. It is believed that the Lord Sabrimala meditated in the hill after he killed the fierce demon Mahishi who was engaged in the game of destruction. Sabrimala is a unique example of a pilgrim spot where people of all caste and creed can visit and pay homage to the Lord Ayyappan.
This gathering in the Holy Sannidhanam is a spectacular specimen of Indian secularity and benevolence of Indian religion. Vehicles usually goes up to Pamba after which one has to decide the journey of four kilometers alone, by foot or else by other means.
Description of Sabrimala:
The Sabrimala Tour begin from November 14 and last up to January 19. But the fact is that the temple authorities claim that since it is very hard for a woman to abstain from all the worldly riches and physical pleasures in particular, women between 10 and 50 are refrained from entering into the temple premises. Moreover, Sabrimala is supposed to be a bachelor and so, women are not allowed inside. Even so the shrine of the Ayyappan idol has a value of 30 crore and it is therefore one of the most prestigious assets that India has.
How to reach Sabrimala:
The nearest Railway station is Kottayam and Chengannur, while the nearest airport is Trivandrum and Kochi. After reaching these regions you can avail any hired car or bus that ply to your destination.