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Sabarimala Sree Dharma Sastha Temple, dedicated to Lord Ayyappa, is the most famous and prominent among all the Sastha temples in Kerala. The temple is situated on a hilltop (about 3000 feet above sea level) named Sabarimala in Pathanamthitta district, which is unique. The temple is open to people belonging to all religions. There is a place near the temple; east of Sannidhanam (the abode of Lord Ayyappa), dedicated to Vavar (a close friend of Lord Ayyappa) which is called Vavaru Nada, an epitome of religious harmony. Another unique aspect of this temple is that it is not open throughout the year. It is open for worship only during the days of Mandalapooja, Makaravilakku, Vishu and also during the first day of every Malayalam month.
Pooja Timing
Opening of sanctum sanctorum, Nirmalyam, Abhishekam : 3:00 AM
Ganapati Homam : 3:30 AM
Neyyabhishekam : From 3:30 to 7:00 AM
Usha Pooja : From 7:30 AM
Neyyabhishekam : From 8:30 – 11:00 AM
Neyyabhishekam/Using Ghee deposited in ‘Ney thoni’ : 11:10 AM
Ashtabhishekham (15 Nos) : From 11:00 to 11:30 AM
Ucha Pooja : 12:30 PM
Closing of sanctum sanctorum : 1:00 PM

Opening of sanctum sanctorum : 3:00 PM
Deeparadhana : 6:30 PM
Pushpabhishekam : From 7:00 to 9:30 PM
Athazha Pooja : From 9:30 PM
Harivarasanam/Closing of sanctum sanctorum : 11:00 PM
How to reach
By Rail
Pilgrims can reach Kottayam & Chengannur by rail and from there by road to to Pampa.
By Air
Pilgrims can reach Thiruvananthapuram or Kochi by air and from there by rail/road to Pampa.
By Road
KSRTC has started bus services to Coimbatore, Palani and Thenkasi from Pampa for the convenience of Sabarimala pilgrims. Besides, the Government of Tamil Nadu and Karnataka have been given the permission to operate buses to Pampa. A chain service exists between Pampa and Nilackal base camps.