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SABARIMALA

The hill-to of Ayyappa at Sabarimala -
The pilgrimage to Sabarimala is reminiscent of the Lord's journey to the forest to fetch leopard's milk. The Irumudi or two-compartment cloth bag, which the pilgrim carries on his head, is said to represent the bundle, which the Lord Himself carried. It contains in the front compartment a coconut filled with ghee-the main offering to the deity-and in the rear, articles of food required on the way.

History

As far as history is concerned, it revolves around the troubled times that prevailed in the kingdom of Pendulum at the very early period when the depredations of a robber chief called Udayanan rocked the whole country. The hill tracts of the Western Ghats were dotted with several villages and each village had Ayyappa as the guardian deity.  Udayanan and his followers, bent on defilement and Plunder, laid waste to these villages and shrines including Sabarimala.

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The hill-to of Ayyappa at Sabarimala -

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