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Temples & Legends Of Kerala
Kulapati's Preface Author's Preface
Introduction The Temple Of Sri Padmanabha
A Temple Of Serpents The Goddess Who Has Periods
Aranmula Parthasarathi Ambalapuzha Krishna
Sabarimala The Fierce Lord Of Ettumanur
The Benign Lord Chottanikara
Kaladi A Temple For Kannaki
A Temple For Bharata Sri Rama Temple At Triprayar
The Vadakkunnathan Temple The Lord Of Guruvayur
A Temple For Rama And Lakshmana The Historic Tali Temple
Tiruvangad Peruma Rajarajeswara Of Taliparamba
Trichambaram Krishna Temple Other Temples
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SABARIMALA

The hill-to of Ayyappa at Sabarimala -
Unique Pilgrimage

The pilgrimage to Sabari is unique in several: First there is the physical and mental cleansing of the devotees by the hard penance (Vratham) they ha observe for 41 days preceding the pilgrimage. During this period they have to observe strict abstinence mundane pleasures-a penance unique to Kerala.

Shouting of Saranam (surrender to God) is a prominent feature of the pilgrimage. Pilgrims trekking Badrinath and Kedarnath shout 'Jai Badri' and 'Jai 'Kedarnath' as the case may be. Similarly, Sabarimala pilgrims, shout Swamiye Saranam Ayyappa- O Lord Ayyappa, come to Thee for refuge-in the true spirit of what Krishna advised Arjuna to do in the Gita; Sarvadharman parityajya (abandoning all dharma), mamekam Saranam vraja (take refuge in me); so that He could redeem from all sins.

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The hill-to of Ayyappa at Sabarimala -

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