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Aryankavu Temple

Aryankavu is situated adjacent to the Kollam Chenkottai road and is about 1000 miles above the sea level. The word Aryan generally means Sasta. So the Aryam Kavu means the place where Aryan or Sasta reigns and is woprshipped. Here the Lord is installed as a youngster or a beidegroom sitting on an elephant with […]

Achankovil Temple

Achankovil Dharmasastha Temple in the high range and in dense forest. main route from shenkotta and thenkasi – 30 kms northwest ( via malaikovil route tamilnadu ) . it is believed that this oldest vigraha  was consecrated by Parasurama. Poorna and Pushkala the two consorts of Lord Sastha are installed on either sides. The sandal […]

Irumudi Kettunira

The most important rite just before starting the pilgrimage is the Kettunira, also known as Kettumurukku. It is the filling in of the sacred package, which the pilgrim reverentially carries on his head. For this purpose a blue or black bag with two compartments, which is known as Irumudi , is used. This ritual is […]

Ayyappan Theeyattu

The deity meant for Ayyappan Theeyattu is Sastha, the son of Hari and Hara. The main item of Kalampattu/Thottampattu and the acting of the story of the origin and bravado of Ayyappan are the basis for this ritualistic performance. From the Thottam, we get the information that Sastha, the deity who is in the acme […]


During the austerities many pilgrims often do not stay at home, but prefer to stay in a hall adjacent to a temple or in special prayer halls called Bhajana-madom’s built for the purpose of group worship, singing devotional songs and so on. His food is called Bhaksha-alms. He should not entertain any worldly distinction of […]


The austere devotional efforts have both an individual and group orientation. Pilgrim groups guided by a Guruswami, engage in some group rituals during the period of austerities. Vellam-kudi, which literally means drinking of water , is such a major ritual. The pilgrims assemble in the house of one of the pilgrims and the Pooja ( […]

Ayyappan Vilakku

Ayyappan Vilakku is a ritualistic observance, conducted in Ayyappa temples. On this occasion, numerous miniature temples are constructed out of tender coconut frond and plantain leaf-stalks. Songs are sung on the legendary fight between Lord Ayyappa and Vavar. In tune with the various rhymes and rhythms of this devotional song, two dancers in the costume […]

Ayyappan Pattu

The songs featuring in Ayyappan Pattu  are replete with stories connected to Lord Ayyappa and also his heroic deeds. This ritual is very popular during the pilgrim season at Sabarimala,  which is the abode of Lord Ayyappa. During the season, Ayyappan Paattu is held with people participating, irrespective of caste and creed. This is an […]


Aazhi-pooja is another major group-oriented ritual performed near the Padukka-pandal during these days of austerities. The Guruswami begins the Pooja in the Brahmamuhoortham, the auspicious hours in the early morning around 4 a.m. In the evening all the pilgrims in the group offer prayers in a nearby temple during the Deepaaraadhana, the ritualistic worship by […]


Traditionally, austerities begin on the 1st of Vrischikam with the wearing of a Maala(rosary) of Rudraaksha or Thulasi around the neck. The pilgrim going for the first time to Sabarimala finds out a Guruswami, a preceptor-guide, who has a few years of experience of going to Sabarimala, preferably eighteen years. A pilgrim receives the rosary […]

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