Black dress for Ayyappa Devotees | Why black dress is worn by Sabarimala Pilgrims?

Ayyappa Devotees are seen wearing black coloured dress during the Ayyappa Deeksha period. This is the important ritual for Ayyappa Devotees who are in the early years of taking the deeksha. However people who have taken the diksha for many years contineously would wear saffron coloured dress. There is an important reason behind this ritual […]

Makaravilakku 2018 | Sabarimala Makara Vilakku Festival in 2018

Makaravilakku 2018, Sabarimala Makara Vilakku Festival in 2018, when is Makaravilakku in 2018? Makaravilakku Festival (Makara Vilakku) is celebrated on Makara Jyoti Darshanam day near Sabarimala Ayyappa Temple in January every year. In 2018, Makaravilakku date is January 14. It is a week-long festival usually falls during Makar Sankramana. Prior to this celebration, Makara Jyoti […]

Sabarimala Temple Pratishta Day (Ayyappa Idol Installation)

The anniversary of idol installation at the Ayyappa temple at Sabarimala was celebrated on Sunday, 4 June 2017. A large number of devotees from different parts of South India thronged Sabarimala to attend various special rituals held as part of the celebrations. The rituals will begin in the early morning hours of Sunday with Tantri (chief […]

Harivarasanam Song Meaning & Translation

Every devotee of Lord Ayyappa is familiar with the harivarasanam song. Here we present you with the meaning of Harivarasanam song. This was composed by Sri Kambankkudy Kulathur Srinivasa Iyer. This song is played every night at Sabarimala before closing the temple. Harivarasanam Vishwamohanam Haridadhiswaram aaradhyapadhukam Arivimardhanam Nithyanarthanam Hariharathmajam Devamashraye Sharanam Ayyappa Swamy Sharanam Ayyappa […]

Ponnambalamedu Deeparadhana on Makaravilakku

Deeparadhana will be performed at Ponnamabalamedu on Makaravilakku when the Makarajyoti (Makara Nakshatram) appears in the sky. In 2016, Makaravilakku date is January 15. The Makarajyoti is a celestial star that appears on the eastern horizon of the Sabarimala Sannidhanam on the day of Makara sankramam every year. The Travancore Devaswom Board will perform the […]

Significance of Pathinettam Padi in Sabrimala Ayyappa Temple

The eighteen sacred steps leading to the Ayyappa temple in Sabrimala is called Pathinettam padi. There is a lot of significance attached to these eighteen steps and different texts have different opinions on this matter. We try to present some of the widely accepted beliefs about the significance of the sacred eighteen steps. The number […]

Why are women not allowed in Sabrimala Ayyappa Temple?

Sabarimala Ayyappa Swamy

Sabrimala Ayyappa Temple is known to be an all male gathering for it restricts the entry of women between the age of 10 and 50. Not many women above the age of 50 can undertake the rigorous climb of the Sabrimala and hence you will not find many women at the Sabrimala Ayyapa Temple. Lord Ayyappa is […]

Sabarimala Pooja Timings, 17 November 2014

Sabarimala Pooja Timings on 17 November 2014 are given here. For 2014-2015 Ayyappa Deeksha season, Sabarimala Ayyappa Temple is opened on 16th November 2014.. Sabarimala Pooja timings – Morning 05.00 Nada Opening 05.05 Nirmalyam 05.15 Neyyabhishekam 05.20 Ganapathi Homam 07.30 Usha Pooja 12.30 Kalabhabhishekam, Uchapooja 01.30 Nada Closing Sabarimala Pooja timings – Evening 05.00 Nada Opening 06.30 […]

Thulam Month Puja in Sabarimala Ayyappa Temple (October 2014)

Lord Ayyappa Sabarimala

For Thulam Month Puja in Sabarimala Ayyappa Temple (October 2014), the temple will be opened on October 17 at 5.30 PM, Wednesday. Melasanthi will open the sanctum sanctorum in the evening for Thulam Masam pujas. The Melsanthi, P.N. Narayanan Namboodiri, will open the sanctum sanctorum at 5.30 p.m. on October 17 and the rituals will […]

Arattu held at Sabarimala Ayyappa Temple for Annual Festival

The ‘arattu’ ceremony, one of prime concluding rituals of the annual festival at the Sabarimala Lord Ayyappa Temple was held amid religious fervour and gaiety, at the ‘arattukadavu’ on the Pampa near the Lord Ganapathi temple here on Sunday. Witnessed by thousands of devotees, Thantri Kandararu Maheswararu led the ceremony which began at 12.30 pm, […]

18 holy steps of Sabarimala Ayyappa Temple: Significance, Meaning

There are 18 holy steps which the devotees have to climb before entering the Ayyappa temple at Sabarimala. These sacred steps are called Pathinettam Padi. The steps are made with Panchaloham which is a special composition of gold, silver, copper, iron and tin. It is believed that each step has a significance. There are many versions about […]

Sabarimala Virtual Queue Booking from 15 October 2013

Sabarimala Ayyappa Swamy

Sabarimala Virtual Queue Booking 2013-2014, Sabarimala queue booking online for Sabarimala Yatra 2013-2014… The virtual queue online booking for devotees wanting to visit the Lord Ayyappa temple at Sabarimala this pilgrimage season starting mid-next month will begin on October 15. Pilgrims from any part of the world can choose a date and time of their […]

Lord Ayyappa and Shani, Ayyappa Puja for Shani Dosham

Sabarimala Ayyappa Swamy

There is an important relation between Lord Ayyappa and Shani which has resulted in the devotees of Lord Ayyappa wearing black dress during the Ayyappa Deeksha. Devotees of Ayyappa who perform the deeksha for 41 days wear the black dress as a mark of respect to Lord Shani. Lord Shani is assigned with the job […]

Official Website for Sabarimala Online Darshan Booking, Virtual Queue bookings

Now, you can book Sabarimala temple darshan in advance without any hassle. Sabarimala Devaswom Board launched their official website for online darshan booking with the name of Virtual Queue System. Kerala Police and government joined hands with the temple board for easy access of devotees towards Sannidhanam during festival season between Mandala Puja and Makaravilakku. […]

Sabarimala pilgrims to get free primary facilities like Drinking Water, Food, Sanitation

Sabarimala Ayyappa Swamy

Sabarimala pilgrims to get free primary facilities from 2013-2014 Sabarimala Yatra. In this direction, The Travancore Devaswom Board (TDB) is working very hardly. The Travancore Devaswom Board, as an initiative towards offering primary facilities to pilgrims free of cost, will extend the same at Sabarimala during the coming pilgrimage season. According to the officials of […]

Ayyappa Seva Samajam Pilgrim Centres in South India

The Sabarimala Ayyappa Seva  Samajam has decided to open an additional number of 45 pilgrim assistance centres across the South Indian states during the 2013-2014 pilgrimage season. With this, the total number of the pilgrim assistance centres would touch 100, said Samajam national general secretary Kummanam Rajasekharan.  Of the 45 centres, 25 will be within […]

Sabarimala Ayyappa Temple Puja in March 2013

Sabarimala Ayyappa Swamy

Sabarimala Ayyappa Temple will be opened on March 14 for Meenam Month Puja and the 10-day annual festival. Ayyappa Temple of Sabarimala will remain open for 14 days. At 5.30 PM, the temple will be opened on March 14. Special pujas and rituals will be performed during the 14-days of festive time. ‘Sahasrakalasam’ and ‘kalabhabhishekam’ […]

Significance of Irumudi in Sabarimala Yatra (Ayyappa Deeksha)

The Irumudi is the bag consisting of two compartments carried by the Ayyappa devotees on their head while visiting the Sabarimala Ayyappa temple. The first compartment contains sacred coconut which is filled with ghee and other articles required for the worship and the other compartment is reserved for personal belongings. The coconut is pierced in […]

Sabarimala Yatra

The Sabarimala Yatra is undertaken by Ayyappa devotees during the month of October to January. Devotees take the Ayyappa deeksha and get initiated into the yatra by wearing the Ayyappa mala which is made of rudraksha or tulsi beads. The initiation process is always done by the priest or senior devotee called Guruswami who has […]