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Updated October 2023

The Sabarimala Temple in Perinad Village in Pathanamthitta of Kerala attracts devotees from across India. Dedicated to Lord Ayyappan or Dharma Shasta, the hill shrine of Sabarimala can be visited for worship at only certain times of the year.

If you have been waiting for Sabarimala Darshan, you must acquaint yourself with all the guidelines for pilgrims, including Virtual Q Booking. Read along to get all the updated news about the Sabarimala Temple Darshan in 2023.

Sabarimala Temple online booking 2023

Since reopening after the pandemic, the Sabarimala Temple has adopted an online registration process for pilgrims. Like the previous year, the devotees are being allowed through a virtual queue system this time also as part of efforts to regulate the flow of pilgrims. Ayyappa devotees can visit Sabarimala for the annual pilgrimage only if they have completed the virtual queue booking on the online portal of Sabarimala. Registration at Virtual Q is mandatory if you want to go on the Sabarimala pilgrimage and gain access to Prasadams, Pooja, Kanika, and accommodation. Devotees are encouraged to make the bookings well in advance to guarantee their Virtual Q pass for Sabarimala.

The usual rush during pilgrimage at Sabarimala

The usual rush during the pilgrimage at Sabarimala – © Wikimedia Commons

Here are the steps to register for the Sabarimala Temple Darshan.

  • Register with a valid mobile number, email ID is optional for Indian citizens but mandatory for foreigners. You also need to provide a valid government ID proof, which can be either your Aadhaar card, Voter Card or Passport.
  • After registering, click on the Virtual-Q link from the home page, and select the slot you wish to book.
  • Fill up the Name, Address, and Mobile Number with ID Proof Details.
  • Click on the Sabarimala Ticket Booking submit button.
  • Now you can download or Print the Darshan Tickets for future reference.

About 10 counters have been opened for checking the documents of those devotees who have already booked darshan through the virtual queue. When a pilgrim books darshan through the virtual queue system, he will be notified then and there about the report timing at Nilakkal.

Please note that virtual Q booking is not required for children below 5 years of age.


Nagarajan shrine at Sabarimala – © Wikimedia Commons

Sabarimala Temple Calendar 2023

As we mentioned, the Sabarimala Ayyappa Temple in Kerala will be open for darshan only during certain specific periods in the year. Below are the dates on which the Sabarimala Ayyappa Temple will remain open during the remainder of the 2023-24 period.

Month Pooja Start Date End Date
October 2023 Monthly Pooja – Thulam 17/10/2023 5pm 22/10/2023 10pm
November 2023 Sree Chithra Atta Thirunal 10/11/2023 5pm 11/11/2023 10pm
Mandala Pooja Maholsavam 16/11/2023 5pm 27/12/2023 10pm
December 2023 Madala Pooja 27/12/2023
Thirunadai Thirappu – Makaravilakku Mahotsavam 30/12/2023
January 2024 Makaravilakku Day 15/01/2024

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