Kottayam Railway Station Gets A New Sabarimala Pilgrim Centre Just Ahead Of Season

by Shreya Ghosh
Kottayam Railway Station Gets A New Sabarimala Pilgrim Centre Just Ahead Of Season

The pilgrimage season of the hill shrine, Sabarimala Temple, is approaching very soon. The upcoming pilgrimage season will begin shortly in mid-November for a two-month-long festivity. And just a couple of days before the pilgrim season of the Sabarimala Temple starts off, V Muraleedharan, the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs inaugurated a new pilgrim centre in Kerala’s Kottayam Railway Station.

Ahead Of Pilgrim Season, New Sabarimala Pilgrim Centre Opened At Kottayam Railway Station

India’s Junior Foreign Minister V Muraleedharan uploaded a photo of the inauguration on his official Twitter handle with the caption ‘A timely gift by @narendramodi Govt ahead of the #Sabarimala Pilgrimage
Inaugurated the new Pilgrim Centre at Kottayam Railway Station – which will enable Ease of Travel for scores of pilgrims & tourists
As a devotee of Ayyappa, I feel blessed to have launched it’.

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All You Need To Know About The Iconic Sabarimala Pilgrimage:

  • The pilgrim season starts on 16 November, Wednesday. The date is just around the corner.
  • The priests will visit the Sabarimala Temple on the first day after the temple’s sanctum sanctorum opens. They will enter at around 5 pm in the evening.
  • Devotees and pilgrims can start visiting the temple and enter inside at 5 am on Thursday, according to a report by Daily Hunt.
  • The pilgrim season is celebrated in 2 phases. The first phase will continue till 27 December. And the second phase will start on 30 December.
  • 14 January marks the end of all the celebrations and festivities with Makara Vilakku.

What Is Makara Vilakku?

Makara Vilakku is celebrated every year in Kerala on the day of Makar Sankranti in the iconic hill shrine of Sabarimala Temple. Thousands of devotees gather to celebrate this festival.

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Nestled in the Perinad Village, reaching this temple is an experience in itself. After reaching Pamba by different modes of transportation, devotees need to cover a short distance from Pamba by hiking. It is the only way to reach the Sabarimala temple from Pamba.

Have you ever been to the iconic Sabarimala temple in Kerala? If yes, let us know your experiences in the comments below.

News source: DailyHunt, Times Now

Cover Image Courtesy: Twitter/ V Muraleedharan / വി മുരളീധരൻ