Sabarimala Temple October 2016 Monthly Puja – Opening and Closing Dates

Sabarimala Temple opens on the first of every Malayalam month for five days for the monthly poojas. Thousands of Ayyappa devotees make use of this opportunity to visit the Sabarimala shrine to have a hassle free darshan. In October 2016, Sabarimala Ayyappa Temple will open on October 16 and will close on October 21 for Thula Masam Puja.

Sri Chitira Attam Thirunnal puja will also be held in this month on October 30, 2016.

Note – Next month in Malayalam calendar is the Vrischika Masam and the Sabarimala Shrine opens for two month long – Mandala Makaravilaku pujas (November 16, 2016 to January 20, 2017.

The main pilgrimage season at Sabarimala shrine is during the Mandala Makaravilakku season (November – January). The period witnesses heavy rush of devotees to the hill shrine.

Thousands of devotees in order to avoid the rush choose the monthly opening period to visit the shrine. There are also several Ayyappa devotees who make it point to visit the shrine every month. The shrine remains opened during the first five days each Malayalam month.

Udayasthamana pooja, padipooja and pushpabhishekam are performed during monthly puja days.