Pamba Ganapathy Temple, Sabarimala, Kerala
Sabarimala is one of the popular pilgrim centres in South India and is situated in the Western Ghats mountain ranges. Located on the bank of River Pamba in Pathanamthitta district, Kerala, Sabarimala is frequented by pilgrims not only from India but from abroad also.
The pilgrimage to Sabarimala Sri Dharmasastha Temple begins in Vrischikam (in the month of November) and ends in Makaram (in the month of January). Heavy rush is seen during this season. The temple is also open on the first five days of every Malayalam month. The pilgrims, before they trek to the temple halt at Pamba to take a dip in the river.
When they start their journey again, they offer their prayers at Pamba Ganapathy Temple dedicated to Lord Ganesha, who according to Hindu belief removes obstacles. The pilgrims also perform the ritual of breaking coconuts in front of the temple.