Malikapuram Temples at Sabarimala is dedicated to Malikapurathamma. The small temple is located on the right side of the main temple at Sabarimala. There is an interesting story of Ayyappa and Malikapurathamma. The popular belief is that Malikapurathamma is the beautiful woman that emerged from the body of Demon Mahishi after the demon was annihilated by Lord Ayyappa.
After appearing from the body of demon Mahisha, Malikapurathamma made a request to Lord Ayyappa to marry her. But Ayyappa said that he was a Brahmachari and so he could not marry her. But Malikapurathamma continued to plead to marry her and then Lord Ayyappa said that He will marry her when no Kanni Ayyappas or first time visitors comes to his shrine.
The first time visitors, or Kanni Ayyappas, to the Ayyappa temple pierce sharakol, or arrow, at Sharamkutti on the way to the
The most important puja and offering performed at the
A unique ritual performed by Ayyappa devotees at
The other shrines near