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Saramkuthi


Saramkuthi is very important pilgrim spot on the way to Sabarimala.. It lies on the traditional trekking path and is about 1 km from Sabari Peetam near Pampa. From here, a walk of 1.5 km leads to the Sannidhanam (Sabarimala). The Saramkuthi is known for the Saramkuthi Aal, a big banyan tree around, this is the a spot ,where it is believed ,Ayyappa and his soldiers discarded their weapons after the liberation of Sabarimala temple from the domination of Udayanan .This act indicates the total shifting of this attention to personal spiritual advancement and to the renaissance of the Dharama Shaastha temple to the welfare of the whole mankind .It also symbolically indicates the potential evolutionary state in man ,the realization of which would make all lethal weapons irrelevant in human society.Sharamkuttiyaal symbolisis that at a stage of his development man will have to inevitably discard his arms for a break through to a greater evolutionary stage and a super civilization.It is to be specially noted that only the kanni –ayyappa-s those who go on pilgrimage for the first time,are expected to bring the arrow.Others are supposed to have eradicated violence from their minds and refined themselves spiritually. . .The major festival here is the pallivetta, which is held on the eve of the `Arattu’.The pilgrim has now come very close to the temple and the whole region is vibrant with loud chantings of the pilgrims and the explosion of the fire works offerings in the shrine.

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