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TEMPLE OPENING & CLOSING DATES
  Opening Dates Closing Dates
English Time English Time
Monthly Pooja 17-10-2002 0530 22-10-2002 2200
Sri Chithira Thirunal  02-11-2002 0530 03-11-2002 2200
Mandala Pooja Mahotsavam  16-11-2002 0530 27-12-2002 2200
Utsavam Kodiyettu 30-11-2002 - - -
Aarattu at Pampa 09-12-2002 - - -
Mandala Pooja 27-12-2002 - - -
Temple closes after Mandala Pooja - - 27-12-2002 2200
Re-opens for Makaravilakku festival 01-01-2003 0530 - -
Makaravilakku  14-01-2003 - - -
Temple closes (No darshan on this day) - - 20-01-2003 0800
Monthly Pooja  12-02-2003 0530 17-02-2003 2200
Monthly Pooja 14-03-2003 0530 19-03-2003 2200
Painkuni Uthram 18-03-2003 0530 - -
Vishu Festival 11-04-2003 0530 19-04-2003 2200
Vishu 15-04-2003 - - -
Monthly Pooja 14-05-2003 0530 19-05-2003 2200
Pratishta Day 07-06-2003 0530 08-06-2003 2200
Monthly Pooja 15-06-2003 0530 20-06-2003 2200
Monthly Pooja 16-07-2003 0530 21-07-2003 2200
Monthly Pooja 16-08-2003 0530 21-08-2003 2200
Onam 06-09-2003 0530 10-09-2003 2200
Monthly Pooja 16-09-2003 0530 21-09-2003 2200
Monthly Pooja 17-10-2003 0530 22-10-2003 2200
Sree Chitra Attathirunal 24-10-2003 0530 25-10-2003 2200
Mandala Pooja Mahotsavam 16-11-2003 0530 27-12-2003 2200
Utsavam Kodiyettu 20-11-2003 - - -
Aarattu at Pampa 29-11-2003 - - -
Mandala Pooja 27-12-2003 - 27-12-2003 2200

Standard Schedule of Rituals at Sabarimala Temple

Opens at    0400 hrs
Nirmalya Darshanam    0405 hrs
Neyyabhishekam    0430 to 1200 hrs
Usha Pooja    0730 hrs
Ucha (Noon) Pooja    1300 to 1330 hrs
Closes at    1330 hrs
Opens at    1600 hrs
Deeparadhana    1815 to 1840 hrs
Pushpabhishekham    1900 hrs
Athaza Pooja    2230 hrs
Harivarasanam and Closing at    2300 hrs

Notes from Ayyappa Seva Sangham:-

On the first day of any session, temple opens at 1700 hrs.

On final day of any prolonged session, the temple closes at 2300 hrs, except on 20-01-03 when the temple will close at 0700 hrs. On 20 Jan 2003 morning. Last entry for pilgrims will during the previous night.

On intervening days of a session, temple will open at 0400 hrs daily and will close after Ucha (noon) pooja. It will open again at 1700 hrs and close at 2300 hrs. Closing of the temple after Ucha Pooja is flexible depending on the number of rituals to be performed on behalf of devotees, and may vary from 1100 hrs to 1400 hours.

Devotees coming to Sabarimala on pilgrimage should be aware of the traditional religious practices, related to the temple, and should abide by these. Only pilgrims with Irumudi Kettu will be permitted to climb `Pathinettam Padi' (Holy Eighteen Steps). Women in the age group of 10 to 50 years will not be allowed `temple darshan' and they will not be permitted to go beyond Pampa. Police check post exists at Pampa to enforce this.

As per the orders of Kerala High Court, In order to prevent environmental pollution, usage of carry bags made of plastic, polythene etc are strictly prohibited in Pampa area and all roads/paths to `Sannidhanam' and surroundings of `Sannidhanam'. Smoking is also strictly prohibited in the above areas. Production/carriage/distribution/consumption of alcoholic/narcotic substances are also strictly prohibited. Those found guilty would find themselves in serious trouble with the law enforcement/excise authorities. 

All pilgrims are humbly requested to co-operate with Devaswom Board Authorities and Akhila Bharatha Ayyappa Seva Sangham authorities for the successful conduct of the festival and maintenance of the sanctity of the pilgrimage.                                                     

Courtesy : Akhila Bharatiya Ayyappa Seva Sangham

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