Sabarimala, the abode of the young and Ascetic God, Dharma Sastha or Taraka Brahma has been at all times the magnet which draws millions and millions of devotees of all castes, creeds and faiths to it. Pilgrimage to Sabarimala, notwithstanding the rigorous austerities to be observed and perilous route to be trodden, is considered by the believers as a significant event that makes their sojourn on earth worthy and meaningful. It is symbolic of the struggle of the individual soul in its onward journey to the abode of bliss and beatitude. Taraka Brahma is one who helps mankind to cross the ocean of Samsara (worldliness).
Nowadays the old traditions and customs make compromise with the demands of modernity, but the temple of Sabarimala itself remains as a sentinel of our culture, enduring our changing ways of life. The life of the temple goes on as ever with its cycle of festivals which each season brings. A devout devotee always remains Conscious of being a part of the recurring cycle, eveb as he is absorbed in the lesser cycle of daily routine at mundane level.
"Swamiye Saranam Ayyappa!"