Sabarimala Makara Vilakku
Event Date: 14th Jan, 2015
Sabarimala is a Hindu Pilgrimage centre located in the Western Ghat mountain ranges of Pathanamthitta District.Sabarimala is the largest annual piligrimage in the world with an estimated 50 million devotee’s visiting every year. Sabarimala temple belongs Swami Ayyappan. Sabarimala is believed to be the place where Lord Ayyappan meditated after killing the powerful demoness, Mahishi. The temple is situated on a hilltop at an altitude of 468 m (1535 ft) above mean sea level, and is surrounded by mountains and dense forests.
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 and Makaravilakku are the two main events of the pilgrim season. The temple stays closed during the rest of the year except for the first five days of every Malayalam month and during Vishu (April).
Lord Sri Rama and his brother Lakshmana met Sabari, a tribal devotee, at Sabarimala. Sabari offered the Lord fruits after tasting them. But the Lord accepted them gladly and whole-heartedly. The Lord then turned and saw a divine person doing tapas. He asked Sabari who it was. Sabari said it was Sasta. Rama walked towards Sasta and the latter stood up and welcomed the Prince of Ayodhya. The anniversary of this incident is celebrated on Makara Vilakku day. It is believed that on Makara Vilakku day, Lord Dharmasasta stops his tapas to bless his devotees.and also it is called makara shankranthi Note: there are many places with similar story of Sabari, no authentication of either exist.
During Sabarimala makara vilakku lot of devotees coming from different parts of country to see Lord Ayyappa..
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