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.
Friday, November 03, 2006
. A young boy in Pampa at the starting point of the pilgrimage to Sabarimala for those not doing the 41km on foot. They will climb 7km to reach the temple, the only temple in India where women aged between 10 and 50 cannot visit.