Major pilgrimages in God's Own Country, Kerala

Sabarimala Temple Kerala

Sabarimala Sree Dharma Sastha Temple, dedicated to Lord Ayyappa, is the most famous and prominent among all the Sastha temples in Kerala. The temple is situated on a hilltop (about 3000 feet above sea level) named Sabarimala in Pathanamthitta district, which is unique in many respects. The uniqueness gathers its voice, as the temple is open to all, irrespective of caste, creed or religion.It is open for worship only during the days of Mandalapooja, Makaravilakku and Chitra Vishu. It is said that the pilgrims have to follow fasting for 41 days to cleanse their minds before going to Sabarimala. The journey to the temple is to be taken through difficult paths in the forest as the vehicles can go only up to Pampa.

Guruvayoor Temple

Guruvayoor is one of the most sacred and imported Hindu pilgrim centers of Kerala. It is named as Sree Krishna temple known as 'Guruvayoor Ambalam'. This historic temple is shrouded in mystery. According to belief, the temple is the creation of Guru, the preceptor of the Devas, and Vayu the Lord of Winds. In the chuttambalam (outer enclosure) is the tall 33.5 mt. high gold plated Dwajasthambam (flag post). Another attraction is 7 mt. high Deepasthambham (pillar of lamps),in which 13 circular receptacles provide a truly gorgeous spectacle when lit.

St. Sebastian's Aruthunkal

Artunkal Church is one among the most important pilgrim centres of the Christians in Kerala, popularly known as St. Sebastian Church, situated in 22 kms. north of Alleppey.This church was established by Portuguese missionaries, which is near Sherthallai. The feast of St. Sebastian is held here every January. A well-known Christian pilgrim centre in Alappuzha coast . The 11-day festival of St.Sebastian is celebrated in every second week of January.
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