Sree Ayyappa Temple is one of the most well-known Sastha Temples in the country. In the European Ghat hill varies of Pathanamthitta region in Kerala, Sabarimala Sri Ayappa Temple is one of the few Hindu Temples in Indian that is available to all beliefs. The shrine of Sabarimala is one of the most remote shrines in southern India yet it still draws three to four thousand pilgrims each year. Enclosed by hills and dense forest Sabarimala is considered to be the best spot where Ayyappan meditated. Being one of the prominent pilgrimage destinations in Kerala, Sabarimala Sri Dharmasastha Temple is visited by tourist of all over the world among all the Sastha Temples. It is considered that “Parasurama Maharshi” who retrieved Kerala from the sea by throwing his axe, installed the idol of Ayyappa at Sabarimala to praise Lord Ayyappa.
There are unique Sabarimala Tour packages available by travel agencies who will organize a pilgrim journey along with the visit to Sabarimala darshan. One can definitely go with such options as they will assist going to several other best spiritual location nearby to the Sabarimala temple.
Like other Hindu Temples, there is no restriction of caste or creed in Sabarimala Temple. The temple is available to men of all age groups and to women who have either reached their fertility age and those before reaching the stage of puberty. Nearly 100 million pilgrims from all over the world come to Sabarimala annually. Pilgrims regardless of religious beliefs, caste or wealth visit this temple to offer prayers.