Sabarimala Pilgrimage 2017 – 2018 – opening and closing dates based on traditional Hindu calendar followed in Kerala. The world famous Sabarimala Ayyappa Temple in Kerala remains continuously open only during the famous two month pilgrimage season (November – December – January). In 2017, the date of opening of the
The two month pilgrim season, popularly known as Mandala Kalam, attracts millions of devotees to this hill shrine dedicated to Sastha or Ayyappa. The annual pilgrimage begins in mid November and ends in mid January with the Makaravilakku.
Mandala Pooja Mahotsavam Begins on November 15, 2017 at 1730 hrs.
Mandala Masam or Mandala Kalam begins on November 16, 2017 - the 41 day Mandalam Season begins. The Shrine is open on all days.
Mandala Pooja is on December 26, 2017.
The shrine then closes for a brief period and reopens for Makaravilakku festival.
Makaravilakku is on January 14, 2018. The famous Makarajyothi sighting also will take place on this day.
Sabarimala Ayyappa Temple is
located in the forests of the Sabari Hills of the Western
Ghats at an altitude of 914 meter. Pamba is the important
base camp on the way to Sabarimala temple and from here one has to trek 5 km to
reach the temple.
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