Sabarimala is linked to Hindu pilgrimage, predominantly for men of all ages. One can identify a Sabarimala pilgrim easily as they wear black, Saffron or blue dress, they do not shave till the completion of pilgrimage, Women between the ages of 10 and 50 are not allowed to enter the temple. This is because Ayyappan is a Bramhachari. The temple is open for worship only during the days of Mandalapooja, Makaravilakku and Maha Vishuva Sankranti and the first five days of each Malayalam month. Check more about the History of the shrine here –> LINK.
Spotted here are two Devotees who are stepping out of the Koyambedu Fruit market after the purchase for their evening Pooja for the entire group that’s planning the pilgrimage. Normally such pooja’s are held in rotation at each devotee’s homes for the entire group.