The pilgrimage experiences through the traditional Pulmedu the grassland,a walk of 12 km from Vandiperiyar Sathram through periyar forest to sannidhanam are well-famous. The specialty of the path is about to go down to Sabarimala instead of going up. From 7 am to 2 pm, the Pulmedu route is allowed to access. Other state pilgrims, most of those traveling through this way. If you get out early in the morning you will reach Sannidhanam by evening.
The Periyar Tiger Reserve starts from the Vandiperiyar Sathram (12 km). There are regular bus services till Sathram. If you love a little adventure, you can walk from Vallakkadavu to foot. The walk through the tea plantation of a private company. With a few distances away from the Vallakadavu, the tea estates will disappear and the beautiful grasslands will start to shine. There are about 4 km away from Sathram. Open the jungle path for the devotees only on special days. There is a forest check post in Sathram. The name and details of all the devotees going through Pulmedu are recorded here.
The subsequent forest route is through the Azhutha range under the Periyar West division. At the start, one-kilometer uphill climb. It is tied to both sides to tie the knot. But the hardness of climbing is eliminated with the cool air of the evergreen forest. The hill climbing goes to the vast grassland. These hills are located close to the Periyar river.
Then there's an open terrain trip to you. This wild path is a part of the Periyar Tiger Reserve, passes through Seethakulam, Zero Point, Uppara and Wanni Patti. When the sixth kilometer walks, the Bochanasala(food spot) is supervised by the forest department. kappa(Tapioca) and Kanji are the main dishes. There are facilities for medical assistance. The forest department's monitoring stations are working in different parts of the way.
Cutting down the slopes where the grasslands seem to be, Dense forests, narrow paths. The rocks and trees will double the strain for the legs. More than 4 km distance will continue in this same situation. On the way, Urakkuzhi Theertha, the water from the hills will reach the envelope low enough to stand out a single person. Get a bath from here and enter Sannidhanam.
Sabarimala, which was devoted to the formation of liveliness, is passing through the days of riots. Sabarimala was also discussed in the international press after the Supreme Court ruled that women from a certain age group were allowed to enter the place. Know some things about Sabarimala.
- Thathwamasi Means The God Yourself
- Pathinettampaddi - 18 Steps
Sabarimala Ayyappa Temple is located in the Periyar Tiger Reserve which is part of the Western Ghats. Sabarimala Temple is located at an elevation of 914 m above sea level. It is believed that Lord Ayyappa is the goddess of the Hindu mythology.The Upanishads, a philosophical statement, are those who seek God. "I am in you" or "Thathwamasi is the god yourself," written in front of the temple. The devotees here also address the Goddess Ayyappan
It is a great pilgrimage spot for millions of devotees and visitors. Sabarimala owns the pilgrimage center for the most part of the year in a time of pilgrimage. According to a belief in Sabarimala, there are 18 hills around Sabarimala Temple. Ayyappan is in the middle of it. The eighteen steps of this famous Pathinettampadi are mentioned here. This makes it possible that Ayyappa vision is achieved. There are three attributes - Jeevan, Sat, Rajas and Tamas - and fourteen worlds. The 18 hills are Sabarimala, Ponnambalamedu, Guntal Mala, Nagamala, Sundaramala, Chittambalamedu, Khalgimala, Madaangamala, Mailadum medu, Sreepadamala, Devarmala, Nilakalmala, Thalaparamala, Neelimala, Karimala, Puthasserimala, Kalakettimala, and Inchpiparamala.
Harivarasanam is known as a song to offer Ayyappa Swami to sleep(Palliurakkam). The song is sung in order to advance the temple premises. In the lines of the song, here is the method of filing the lamp on the left side of the shrine and closing the lamp on the right end.
Sabarimala is not a temple which is always open throughout the year. Therefore, it is not allowed to visit here at times. Apart from the first five days of every Malayalam month, the Mandalakalam is the most important pilgrimage time of the year. Devotees usually come here after 41 days of hard vows. The 41-day long fast is the most important pilgrimage site for Sabarimala. It is in the divine insight of moderating food and thoughts to keep away from the fury of lust in the meantime.