Sabarimala Season (Mandala Kaalam) – 41 day fast of penance

Sabarimala Season (Mandala Kaalam) – When is mandala kaalam begins this year?

Sabarimala Season Sabarimala Ayyappa Temple in Kerala remains continuously open only during the famous  Makaravilaku (Mandal Pooja) (November – December – January). In 2017, the date of opening of the Ayyappa Temple for Mandalam season is November 16.

The Sabarimala Temple is famous for the 41-day ‘Mandala Kaalam’ – an auspicious period that begins on the first day of the Malayalam month ‘Vrischikam’ in mid-November. The Sabarimala Ayyappa Temple is located in the forests of the Sabari Hills of the Western Ghats at an altitude of 914 meter. Pamba is the important base camp on the way to Sabarimala temple and from here one has to trek 5 km to reach the temple.



Sabarimala Season (Mandala Kaalam) – 41 day fast of penance

A pilgrim visiting the Sabarimala Ayyappa temple during the Mandalapooja period observes certain austerities for 41 days. The pilgrim should abstain from non- vegetarian habits, should not indulge in sex and should wear the special Rudraksha mala.

Why Sabarimala  Ayyappa Devotees Wear Black /Saffron Dress?

  • To observe strict austerities and self control for forty-one days preceding the visit to the temple.
  • The black clothes symbolically indicate a mind withdrawn from all materialist objects.
  • The black cloth suggests the Ayyappa devotee is dead to the world of perceptions, emotions and thoughts and he is immersed in thought of Ayyappa.
  • Some people don’t shave or cut their hair during the period

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A true Ayyappa devotee fully understands that he is following a unique system on his way to Sabarimala

  • The first step is Virutham – pilgrimage begins with the 41-day fast of penance, known as Virutham.
  • strict regimen that includes, physical, mental and spiritual preparation
  • During penance the devotee must wear saffron or black clothes, with a Rudraksha maala around his neck. It means he will stick to the vows and observe sanctity.
  • The devotee must abstain from consuming meat, alcohol, physical and verbal abuses in any form

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