Sabarimala Mandala Kalam – Pilgrim season November – December at Ayyappa Temple



Lord Ayyappa gives continues darshan to his devotees for 41-days at Sabarimala Temple during the Mandala Kalam (November – December). For 2011 - 2012 - Sabarimala Temples opens on November 16, 2011 evening and closes on December 27, 2011 after Mandala Puja. The Temple then opens December 30, 2011 for Makaravilakku Puja.

The Sabarimala Ayyappa temple remains closed for the major part of a year. So Mandala Kalam is the period chosen by most pilgrims to visit the shrine. The 41-day pilgrim season, also known as Mandala Pooja, attracts millions of devotees to this hill shrine dedicated to Sastha.

The pilgrim season begins on the first day of Malayalam month Vrischikam (Mid November) and continues for 41 days. The Mandala Kalam ends during the fag end of December, in the Malayalam month Dhanu.
The temple is then closed for a day and reopens for the Makaravilaku season, which ends on January 14.

The temple then opens and conducts pujas only on the first of every Malayalam month and during festivals like Vishu and Onam and also the temple idol installation day etc.

Before going to have a darshan all devotees wear Mudra Mala (Rudraksha or Tulsi mala) and enter into a period of Vratham (austerities) for 41-days.
There is no restriction of religion and all people can enter the temple. But women between the age of 10 and 50 are not allowed to climb the Sabarimala hill and pray at the temple.

Irumudi - a cloth bundle with two compartments containing traditional offerings to the temple which includes coconut, ghee, malar, rice etc – is a must to enter the eighteen steps and to have a darshan of Ayyappa.
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