This pilgrimage to Sabarimala, in the mountains of Kerala takes place every year.
They are devotees of Lord Ayappa. They go through a 41 day penance abstaining from sex, meat and intoxicationg drinks before undertaking the trek up the forested mountain chanting the celebrated three words "Samiye, Saranam Ayappa ( Oh lord Ayappa, I come to thee for refuge).
The doors of the temple at Sabarimala are open to everyone irrespective of caste, creed, religion or social status.
Tuesday, November 07, 2006
Home going. Madurai. Tamil Nadu
Sri Meenakshi temple Gopuram in the background. He was securing luggages on the roof of the TATA Sumo, going to Andhra Pradesh