Celebrating Kerala Temple Festivals - 2012

Sabarimala - The pilgrimage is a symbol of love, equality, and devotion. Celebrating Kerala Temple Festival. 
Sabarimala Sree Ayyappa Temple is one of the most ancient and prominent Sastha temples in the country. Located in the Western Ghat mountain ranges of Pathanamthitta district in Kerala, Sabarimala Sri Dharmasastha Temple is one of the few Hindu temples in India that is open to all faiths. The shrine of Sabarimala is one of the most remote shrines in southern India yet it still draws three to four million pilgrims each year. Surrounded by mountains and dense forest Sabarimala is believed to be the place where Ayyappan meditated. Perhaps the best known pilgrimage destination in Kerala is Sabarimala. Sabarimala Sri Dharmasastha Temple is the most famous and prominent among all the Sastha Temples. It is believed that "Parasurama Maharshi" who retrieved Kerala from the sea by throwing his axe, installed the idol of Ayyappa at Sabarimala to worship Lord Ayyappa. The pilgrimage begins in the month of November and ends in January. The temple attracts pilgrims not only from the southern states of India, but also from other parts of the country and abroad. The shrine gets thronged with devotees especially during the main pilgrim season from November to January. Mandala pooja (December12,2011) and Makaravilakku(Jan.15th,2012) are the two main events of the pilgrim season. The temple stays closed during the rest of the year except for the first five days of every Malayalam month and during Vishu (April).

Onam Celebrations August 2010
Pooram Photo - Ottapalam Kerala
Thonnakkal Kudavoor Shri Mahadevar Temple
Kudavoor Photo
Vembanad Lake, Kumarakam, Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary

"Pooram" festivals celebrated in various temples in Ottapalam Palakkad. Pooram festivals are colorful shows of Valluvanadan culture in Kerala state India. Valluvanad was one of the early administrative divisions of the Chera kingdom. Pooram Photo by K Rajan, Kadambur, Ambalapara,Ottapalam, Palakkad Dist. Kerala. Photo at Sree pariyanampatta bhagavathi temple Kattukulam, Mangalamkunnu, Palakkad. Celebrating Kerala Temple Festival 2012.  
Kerala itself is called God’s own country, with National Geographic Traveler selecting it as ‘One of 50 must see destinations of a lifetime’ and ‘One of the 10 paradises of the World’

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Pooram Photo Kerala, God's own country