2023 To 2024 Sabarimala Temple Opening Dates Closing Calendar

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SABARIMALA TEMPLE

In Kerala, India, near Sabarimala Hill in the Periyar Tiger Reserve’s Perinad Village’s Pathanamthitta District, there is a complex of temples known as Sabarimala. With an estimated 40 to 50 million (4 to 5 crore) devotees visiting each year, it is one of the busiest annual pilgrimage destinations in the world. The shrine is devoted to Ayyappan, also known as Dharma Shasta, a god who is the son of Shiva and Mohini, the female representation of Vishnu.The temple is surrounded by mountains and the thick forests and is perched on top of one of 18 hills at an elevation of 1,260 metres  also we say it as 4,134 feet above sea level. Poonkaavanam is the name of the lush forest that surrounds the temple and is a part of the Periyar Tiger Reserve. Each of the hills that surround Sabarimala has a temple.Only certain days of the year are designated as holy days in the temple. Which are:roughly from 15 November to 2December in MandalamMakara Sankranti or Makaravilakku (14 or 15 January)Annual Temple Festival (mid to end March)Mesha Sankramanam or Vishu (usually 14 April)

The first five days of the Malayalam month. The birthday of Travancore Maharaja .

2023 To 2024 Sabarimala Temple Opening Dates Closing Calendar

Birth and History of Lord Ayyappa

There are various iterations of the Lord Ayyappa incarnation tales in circulation. At the commencement of the current Chatur Yuga, during the Koorma Avatar  the Vedic or Puranic god Harihara Putra was created by the holy union of the Sivaand the Mohini.the feminine form of Vishnu. Another tradition describes Vrikasura’s (Bhasmasura’s) slaying during Vishnu’s second iteration as Mohini, in a later era.

Then there is Manikantan, a historical figure associated with the Pandya dynasty of Madurai in modern-day Tamil Nadu. This dates back to almost 800 years. 

The Mandala Vratam

Mandala Vratam refers to the 41-day Mandala of austerity observed by Lord Ayyappa’s devotees and followers. During the “Vratam” time, a straightforward, holy lifestyle devoid of all vices is required. Wearing a mala signifies the beginning of “Vratam.” On a Saturday or the day of Utram, the astral sign deemed lucky, devotees may choose to wear the Mala. Lord Ayyappa’s natal star is Utram. The purpose of the 41-day “Vratam” is to establish healthy habits of discipline and practise. It all comes down to creating positive habits over time, which can be done by exercising restraint and praying. Black is the suggested colour for clothing during the “Vratam” period since it symbolises separation from material.

Kettunirakkal/Irumudi 

This ceremony involves getting “Irumudi kettu” ready and packing it for the pilgrimage to Sabarimala. It is made under a Guruswamy’s supervision. Only those who wear the Irumudi kettu on their heads are permitted to ascend the 18 holy steps that lead to the temple because they are thought to have observed the austerities and are therefore qualified to do so.Others who wish to approach the sanctum sanctorum for worship must use a different passageway to the north. After the opening prayers in the Kettunira, the sacred offering of ghee (clarified cow’s butter) is placed into a coconut after the fibrous shell has been removed.

CLOSING AND OPENING DATES OF YEAR ‘’2023’’

14 January 2023, Makaravilakku Day

Jan. 20, 2023

19 January 2023: Guruthi Puja

Feb. 20, 2023

Monthly Kumbham Pooja

12/02/2023 CLOSING- 17/02/2023

Monthly Pooja – Meenam for March 2023

14/03/2023 CLOSING-19/03/2023

Festival of Sabarimala

26/03/2023

05/04/2023

Kodiyettu (Dhwajarohan) (Dhwajarohan)

27/03/2023 April 2023

Arattu and Pankuni Uthram

Monthly Pooja -Medam 05/04/2023

11/04/2023

CLOSING -19/04/2023

Vishu

15/04/2023

Monthly Pooja for May 2023: Edavam

14/05/2023 CLOSING -19/05/2023

Day of the Deity Installation (Prathishta Dinam)

29/05/2023

30/05/2023

Monthly Pooja – Mithunam for June 2023

15/06/2023

CLOSING -20/06/2023

July 2023

Monthly Karkkidakam Pooja

16/07/2023

 CLOSING-21/07/2023

July 2023

Monthly Chingam Pooja

16/08/2023 21/08/2023

Onam

27/08/2023 CLOSING- 31/08/2023

September 2023: Kanni Monthly Pooja

17/09/2023 22/09/2023

Monthly Pooja for October 2023: Thulam

17/10/2023

CLOSING-21.10.2023; 20.11.2023

Chithra Atta Thirunal, Sree

10/11/2023

11/11/2023

Mooja Mandala Maholsavam

16/11/2023

27/12/2023

Dec. 20, 2023

Pooja Mandala

27/12/2023

27/12/2023, 10 PM

Makaravilakku

30/12/2023, 5 PM

2024 January Makaravilakku 

Opening- 14/1/2024  

Closing- 20/1/2024 , 6 AM

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Regular hours for Sabarimala Temple are 5:00 AM and 10:00 PM. The timings may change to suit the vast number of devotees during peak times like Mandala and Makara Vilakku Mahotsavams.

 

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