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
. I met Venkatesh and Masama, his mother (Two Ayappa Pilgrims) in the bus to go to Chengannur in Kerala. One of the last big city before going to Sabarimala.