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Sabarimala Temple Opening Date

Sabarimala Temple is a famous Keralian temple and that is dedicated to Lord Ayyappa Swamy or Ayyappan. The temple is on the top of a mountain named Sabarimala at an elevation of  3000 ft in Pathanamthitta district of Kerala.

Temple of Sabarimala is known for its uniqueness in many aspects and it is open to all irrespective of creed, caste, and religion. This post provides all the details of the Sabarimala Temple Opening Date briefly.

Sabarimala Temple Opening Date 2019-2020 Darshan Timings

There is another temple called Vavarunda near to temple that is dedicated to Vavar, who was a Muslim friend of God Ayyappa. While it is considered as the epitome of religious harmony.

Sabarimala Diksha :

The temple of Sabarimala will be opened only in during some auspicious days like Mandalapooja, Makaravilakku, and Chitra Vishnu. As a result, the time of the temple during those days will be crowded with worshippers.

Devotees have to fast for 41 days in order to cleanse their soul and bodies to visit Sabarimala Temple. Because of this, the devotees will very strictly follow the fast 41 days and visit the temple.

The fast will be followed throughout the Mandala Kalam, hence the visit of devotees to temple at Sabarimala during Mandala Kalam is in huge number.

The fast includes many conditions to be followed. Here fasting is not only about refraining from food but also refraining from many other activities.

  • First of all, one should take a bath twice a day with cold water i.e, early morning and evening before Pooja. However, the Diksha time comes in the season of Winter.
  • One must only have vegetarian food.
  • Chastity must follow very strictly.
  • One must meditate daily to purify their thoughts.
  • One must also refrain from all kinds of entertainment including watching movies etc. Basically, one should not indulge in any kind of activity that invokes sensual pleasure.
  • Apart from commercial entertainment, the people in Diksha can listen to and dance to the devotional songs.
  • In addition to these,  one suggest walking barefoot during fasting
  • Above all, one should dress up in a black colour dress from the beginning of the fast to the visit.

Timings of Sabarimala temple:

Openings dates and timings are as per below details.

  • Temple Darshan timing is 3:00 AM- 1:00 PM.
  • During the pilgrim season, the temple probably reopens at 3:00 pm and closes by 11:00 pm.

Neyyabhishekam Timings:

Literally, Neyyabhishekam means performing abhisheka to the idol with Ghee where “Neyyi” means Ghee.

  • It will be started at 3:30 am and ends by 7:00 am, or starts at 8:30 am and ends by 11:00 am

Sabarimala Temple opening date:


Pooja and Festival DetailsTemple Opening Date

Temple Closing Date

February 2019

Monthly Pooja(Kumbham)12 Feb17Feb

March 2019

Monthly Pooja(Meenam)14 Mar

19 Mar

Utsavam20 Mar

30 Mar


21 Mar

Utsavam Aarattu- Panguni Uthram. (Ayyappan Nakshatra Birth Date) & Arattu Temple Closes.

30 Mar

April 2019

Vishnu Mahotsavam – Meda10 Apr18 Apr
Vishnu Mahotsavam – Meda15 Apr

May 2019

Monthly Pooja – Edavam10 May

19 May

Idol Installation Day(Pratistha Dinam)24 May25 May

July 2019

Monthly Pooja – karkkidakam16 Jul21 Jul
August 2019Monthly Pooja – Chingam16 Aug

21 Aug

Onam Pooja23 Aug

27 Aug

Onam day25 Aug

September 2019Monthly Pooja – Kanni16 Sep

21 Sep

October 2019

Monthly Pooja – Thulam17 Oct22 Oct
November 2019Sree Chitra Atta Thirunal5 Nov

6 Nov

Mandala Pooja Mahotsavam

16 Nov

27 Dec

December 2019

Mandala Pooja27 Dec

Thirunada reopens for Makara Vilakku Mahotsavam30 Dec

20 Jan 2020

January 2020Makara Vilakku Day14 Jan 2020

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