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Sabarimala Pilgrimage 2022 – 2023 – opening and closing dates of the Sabarimala Ayyappa Temple during November – December 2022 and January 2023

Sabarimala Pilgrimage 2022 – 2023 – 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 2022, the date of opening of the Ayyappa Temple for Mandalam season is November 16. Here is the schedule for the Sabarimala Pilgrimage in 2022 - 2023: 

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 16, 2022 at 1730 hrs.

Mandala Masam or Mandala Kalam begins on November 17, 2022 - the 41 day Mandalam Season begins. The Shrine is open on all days.

Mandala Pooja is on December 27, 2022.

Temple closes after Mandala Pooja on December 27, 2022 at 2230 hrs.

The shrine then closes for a brief period and reopens for Makaravilakku festival.

Temple re-opens for Makaravilakku Session on December 30, 2022 at 1730 hrs.

Makaravilakku is on January 14, 2023. The famous Makara Jyothi sighting also will take place on this day.

Temple closes on January 20, 2023 at 2200 hrs.

The 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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