Thiruvabharanam Procession

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Thiruvabharanam Procession To Sabarimala by Traditional Route

Important Occasions
Thiruvabharanam the Gold jewel box of Lord Ayyappa is very auspicious and taken by the respective members for generations which is witnessed by the Senior Person of Pandalam Maharaja Family . lakhs of devotees  use to follow the tiruvabaranam processions which is witnessed as very auspicious,holy, and devine ritual made to SRI AYYAPPA .The entire enroute of Sabarimala people celebrate this as a Unique and very Auspicious Festival. Lord Garuda will be seen in the clear blue sky approximately in the noon time by around 12.30 to 12.50 , pm after the witness of Garuda in the sky above the pandalam temple, Tiruvabaranam processions starts. The Lord Garuda has been worshipped by Lakhs of devotees with Sarana Gosham beging Loard Vishnu who follows the tiruvabarnam through out the procession till Sannithanam. Lord Garuda can be witnessed in  Multiple places like, Raniperunadu, Vadaserrikara,Perianavattam, Saramkutty and  Sannithanam. Moment Tiruvabaranam enters the santum santorium the Makaram star or can be called as Makara Jothi will appear in the clear blue sky on the first day of Makaram Malayalam Month and Thai first as Tamil month. The Makara Nakara Nakshatram Twinkles and thereby lakshs of devotees will be praying with Sarana Gosham.


Pandalam is  Known far and wide for its legendary connection with Lord Ayyappa and About Sabarimala Temple” Sabarimala, Pandalam is considered to be a holy town. According to legend, Lord Ayyappan, the presiding deity of Sabarimala had his human sojourn at Pandalam as the son of the King of Pandalam. During Sabarimala pilgrimage season, devotees come to Pandalam in large numbers to worship the deity of Valiyakoikkal Temple near the Pandalam Palace. This temple is on the banks of river Achenkovil. Three days prior to the Makaravilakku festival, the sacred ornaments of Lord Ayyappan (known as Thiruvabharanam) are taken in a procession from Pandalam Temple to Sabarimala. Pandalam is considered to be very sacred for the South Indians as it is the birthplace of Lord Ayappa. Located near Sabrimala, it is actually named after the Pandalam Royal family. Take a tour to Pandalam and rediscover the temples and mythological legends of Kerala. It also has the famous Valiyakoikal Temple which is located on the banks of river Achenkovil.Pandalam is one among the fastest growing towns in , Kerala, India. It is considered as a holy town. Pandalam’ is one among the fastest growing towns in Pathanamthitta, Kerala, India. It is a holy town, second only to Sabarimala. It is believed that Sree Ayyappa, the presiding deity of Sabarimala had his human sojourn here as the son of the Raja of Pandalam. Before proceeding to Sabarimala, pilgrims usually stop to worship the deity of Valiyakoikkal Temple near the Pandalam Palace. This temple is on the banks of river Achenkovil. Three days prior to the Makaravilaku festival, the sacred ornaments of Sree Ayyappa are taken in a procession from Pandalam to Sabarimala. Pandalam is a beautiful town situated on the banks of Achankovil River. The city is famous by the birth of Lord Ayyappa. The city includes a large number of Temples – “the temple city of Travancore” among them Pandalam Valiakoikkal Temple is world famous – “the gate way to Sabarimala”. Pandalam is also well known for its Devine powers of the lord experienced the devotees.

Other famous worship centers and in Pandalam

Pandalam Valiyakoikkal Temple, Pandalam Mahadevar Temple, Muttar Sree Ayyappa Temple, Kurampala Puthankavil Bhagavathi Temple, Thonnallur Pattupurakkavu Bhagavathi Temple, Kaippuzha Sree Krishna Swami Temple, Poozhikkad Sree Dharma Sastha Temple, Kadakkadu Devi Temple, Kadakkad Mayayakshikkavu Sree Krishna Swami Temple, Thumpamon Thazom , Adakkumnatha Temple (A temple with two sreekovils),Pandalam Mutharamman Kovil

Valiyakoikkal Temple

Valiakoikkal Temple is the family temple of the Pandalam Royal Family. The temple is located at Pandalam in Pathanamthitta District, Kerala. It is situated within the Pandalam Palace premises. The main deity is Ayyappan. Procession of the Thiruvabharanam (Sacred Ornaments) towards Sabarimala shrine starts from the Valiyakoikkal temple every year before the Makaravilakku festival. Millions of devotees visit this temple every year during the Makaravilakku festive season.

Pandalam Palace

Pandalam palace is the permanent home for the royal family of Pandalam. It is located on the banks of river Achankovil.There are two palace complexes at present. The first one is Valiyakoikkal Temple and the other the Kaipuzha Temple. The Valiya koikkal temple is situated on the left bank of Achenkoil river and the Kaipuzha temple is situated about one kilometer away from the first on the right bank.


Thiruvabharanam is the sacred ornaments of Ayyappan, the presiding deity of Sabarimala temple. The ornaments are made of gold. It is believed that these ornaments are made at the orders of the Pandalam King, who adopted Ayyappan as his child. Thiruvabharanam is kept in the Srampickal Palace of Pandalam, which is close to the Valiyakoikkal Temple, inside the Pandalam Palace premises. A few days before the festive season starts, a procession carrying the holy caskets containing the sacred ornaments proceeds towards Sabarimala around January 12 every year. At around 1:00 pm in the afternoon of the day the sacred procession starts, a brahminy kite, popularly known as Sree Krishna Parunthu, is sighted circling above the temple and seen accompanied with the procession. Devotees believe that this is Vishnu upon Garuda accompanying the Thiruvabharanam from Pandalam to Sabarimala where again the kite is found hovering above the temple. The royal representative of the King of Pandalam accompanies the procession in a palanquin. On the Makaravilakku day, Ayyappan’s idol in Sabarima is adorned with these sacred ornaments. After the festive season, the return procession of the Thiruvabharanam starts from Sabarimala and reaches back Pandalam.

The Thiruvabharanam procession follows the traditional routes through forests, hills, and rivers. A team of representatives (not belonging to the Royal Family) takes the holy caskets on their heads. The procession is accompanied by hundreds of devotees and armed policemen. The procession is warmly welcomed by different associations and temples on the way to Sabarimala and back.

Thiruvanbharanam procession carries three cases or caskets. They are the main Thriuvabharanam box, the Velli Petti and the Kodi Petti. These contain the following:

The devotees who accompany Thiruvabaranam have to travel 110 Kms by road, Before the Thiruvabaranam is carried, Garudan will be seen for his consent to proceed the procession. Garudan will be seen all along the procession till sabaramala, during the procession, as the devotees have to cross 3 rivers, and have to travel in dense forest

How to reach  

By Road

105 km to the north of Thiruvananthapuram, of Kerala-   
120 km to the south of Kochi,
51 km to the south of Kottayam

By Rail

16 km from Chengannur railway station-  Kerala  – South India
18 km from Mavelikkara railway station
27 km from Kayamkulam railway station

By Air     

119 km from Thiruvananthapuram International Airport
140 km from Kochi International Airport