Sabarimala temple is one of the oldest existing temples in India. Historians and Archaeologists have studied deeply about Sabarimala, its construction pattern the interpretation of the legends associated with Sabarimala etc… and suggested that the temple Sabarimala is at least 4000-4250 years old. But according to popular beliefthe temple is 4800-5000 years old.
Temple Sabarimala Kerala opens 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.
The pilgrimage begins in the month of November and ends in January. The temple attracts pilgrims not only from the southern states of India, but also from other parts of the country and abroad. The shrine gets thronged with devotees especially during the main pilgrim season from November to January. Mandala pooja (November16,2009) and Makaravilakku(Jan.14th) are the two main events of the pilgrim season. The temple stays closed during the rest of the year except for the first five days of every Malayalam month and during Vishu (April).