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Neelimala at Sabarimala – Neelimala Mountain on the way to Sabarimala Ayyappa Temple (Sannidanam) from Pampa

Nelimala is the first mountain (climb) on the way from Pampa to Sannidanam ( Sabarimala Ayyappa Temple ). The trek here is tough as the mountain is steep. There are two steep climbs. There is thick forest cover on both the sides. The path here is concreted. There is also a medical center here especially for helping heart patients. Neelimala comes after Pampa River , Pampa Ganapathi Kovil and Pandalam King Mandapam. Once a devotee completes the climb of Neelimala, he reaches Appachimedu. Neelimala is also considered the second toughest climb on the trek to Sabarimala Ayyappa Temple .

Mangalvar Vrat Katha – Story of Tuesday Fasting in Hinduism

Tuesday fasting, or Mangalvar Vrat, is dedicated to Lord Hanuman and to Mangal Grah. In Hinduism, every fast has one or more story associated with it and those people observing the Vrat read or listen to the story on the fasting day. There are several stories associated with Tuesday fasting. This particular Mangalvar Vrat Katha is associated with Lord Hanuman. Once there was an old lady who was an ardent devotee of Lord Hanuman. She used to observe Mangalvar Vrat. On Tuesday, the old lady used to break her fast at a Hanuman Temple . She used to share whatever food she had with Lord Hanuman. The old lady was living with her daughter-in-law and she used to get four chapattis on Tuesday from her daughter-in-law. The old lady used to offer two chapattis to Lord Hanuman and eat the other two. One day the daughter-in-law found out that the old lady was offering chapattis to Hanuman and not eating it fully and wasting them. Next Tuesday she only gave two chapattis. T