Unknown things bout SHABARIMALA!!!!!! 6

The pilgrimage is there only for 2 and a half months, namely it begins in the month of November Known as the month of Vrischikam in the malayalam calenders and ends in January.
Mandalapooja is as always on Nov.15th and Makaravilakku is on the 14th of jan. i.e on the day of Makar Sankranti.
These are the two main events of the pilgrim season and implies of lots and lots crowd for this.
The temple stays closed during the rest of the year except for the first five days of every Malayalam month and during Vishu (April).
This is the only center of worshiping in world where the people have to go to a muslim worshipping place on the way of the temple.
Its the place made for lord ayyapa’s friend Vavvar swami who was a muslim by caste.
This temple has 18 golden steps made of pure 916 gold leading towwards the god………..
In this temple only the girls below the age of 10 years and ladies above the age of 60 are allowed in. Whereas all men are allowed.
This is because before visiting the temple its very essential to do a 41 days Vrat.
During this period the people have to leave all the bad adicts and even Non vegetarian food.
But normally all Malayalees avoid non veg. food during these days.
The pilgrims are given plain black clothes to wear during their whole journey to and fro the temple.
Hope all will have atleast one visit to the temple……….
It would be the golden chance we get in our life………….