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Bangalore Sabarimala Guruvayoor Darshan: IRCTC Special Tour Package

IRCTC to organize Bangalore Sabarimala Guruvayoor Darshan, a special tour package for passengers to get easy and hassle-free darshan of Sabarimala Ayyappa Temple and Guruvayoor Guruvayoorappan Temple in 2012 & 2013.

This special tour package’s scheduled dates are: November 21, November 28, December 5, December 12, December 19 in 2012 and January 2 and January 9 in 2013.

As per the official website of IRCTC….

Sabarimala is a Hindu pilgrimage center located in the Western Ghats mountain ranges of Pathanamthitta District in Kerala. It is one of the largest annual pilgrimage in the world with an estimated 45-50 million devotees visiting every year. Sabarimala is believed to be the place where the Hindu God Ayyappan meditated after killing the powerful demon, Mahishi.

The temple is situated on a hilltop about 3000 feet above sea level, and is surrounded by mountains and dense forests.

Sabarimala is linked to Hindu pilgrimage, predominantly for men of all ages. Women between the ages of 10 and 50 are not allowed to enter the temple, since the story attributed to Ayyappa prohibits the entry of the women in the menstrual age group. This is because Ayyappan is a ‘Nithya Brahmachari’ (Celibate).

The pilgrimage begins in the month of November and ends in January. The temple attracts pilgrims not only from the southern states of India, but also from other parts of the country and abroad. The shrine gets thronged with devotees especially during the main pilgrim season from November to January.

Mandala pooja (December 26, 2012) and Makaravilakku (January 14th, 2013) are the two main events of the pilgrim season. The temple is not open throughout the year. It is open for worship only during the days of Mandalapooja, Makaravilakku and Chitra Vishu (April).

Certain customs are to be strictly observed if one has to undertake a pilgrimage to Sabarimala. A pilgrim attending the Mandalapooja should observe austerities for 41 days. During this period, the pilgrim should abstain himself from non vegetarian food, alcohol, tobacco and carnal pleasures.

Pilgrims set out in groups under a leader, and each carry a cloth bundle called Irumudi kettu/Pallikettu containing traditional offerings. Unlike certain Hindu temples, Sabarimala temple has no restrictions of caste or creed. The temple is open to males of all age groups and to women who have either passed their fertility age and those before reaching the stage of puberty.

Pamba is the main halting point on the way to Sabarimala. From here one has to trek 4 to 5 kms to reach the temple.

Tour Itinerary:Bengaluru – Sabarimala – Guruvayoor – Bengaluru
Train Details:
Onward Journey: Kochuveli Express, Train No. – 16315, Departure time – 17:15 & Arrival at Ernakulam Junction (ERN) – 04:40 hrs
Return Journey: Bangalore Express, Train No – 16316, Departure time – 22:00 & Arrival at Bangalore City Railway Station (SBC) at 09:50 hrs.
DAY 01: Wednesday 
Assemble at Bangalore City railway station by 16:45 Hrs.
At 17:15 Hrs, departure by Train No. 16315 Kochuveli Express to Ernakulam. Overnight journey.DAY 02: Thursday
04:40 Hrs, arrival at Ernakulam Junction Railway Station. Pick up from station and transfer by road to Nilakkal. Visit Erumely enroute. Nilakkal to Pamba by Govt bus(by own means). 14:30 Hrs, arrival at Pamba. Proceed to Sabarimala Sannidanam by walk(4 to 5 kms from Pamba). Overnight at Sannidanam. Common resting facility (Viri) with other pilgrims.

DAY 03: Friday
03:00 Hrs Morning Abhishekham. Later by 07:00 Hrs depart to Pamba. 10:00 Hrs, arrival at Pamba. Pamba to Nilakkal by Govt Bus by own means. 11:00 Hrs Departure from Nilakkal. 16:00 Hrs, visit Vaikom Mahadeva temple. 19:00 Hrs, visit Chottanikkara. Night stay.

DAY 04: Saturday
06:00 Hrs, proceed to Guruvayoor. Visit Kodungalloor temple enroute. 12:00 Hrs reach Gurvayoor. Visit Guruvayoor temple, Aanakotta. 20:30 Hrs, drop at Trissur Railway station. 22:00 Hrs, board train No. 16316 Bangalore Express. Overnight journey.

DAY 05: Sunday
Arrival at Bangalore City Railway Station by 08:35 Hrs. Tour Ends.

For assistance, you can contact

BENGALURU – IRCTC
No. 2/2 CB Royal Building, Doctor. Raj Kumar Road
Rajaji Nagar Bangalore – 560010
Phone no -080-22960014/ 9686575202/ 9686575203/ 9741435809
E-mail: tourismsbc@irctc.com
Website: www.railtourismindia.com

Tourism Information and Facilitation Centre
Bengaluru City Railway Station: 080-22960013/ 9686575201
E-mail: tifcsbc@irctc.com

Tourism Information and Facilitation Centre
Mysore Railway Station: 0821-2426001/ 9741421486/ 9731647952
E-mail: tifcmys@irctc.com

For any other information, go through the official website of IRCTC

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