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Sabarimala is one of the most popular Hindu pilgrimage centers not only in India, but all over the world. It is located in the Western Ghats, in the state of Kerala. Every year this sacred place is visited by about 45-50 million people.

Sabarimala is considered to be the same great place where the Hindu God Ayappa (APPA) meditated once in battle to defeat the powerful demon in a female form Mahisha. Temple Yappy located in one of the 18 peaks of this area at an altitude of 468 meters above sea level, surrounded by mountains and forests. The remaining peaks were also built temples, some are still.

Temple Yappy permitted to visit only to men. Women of childbearing age, from 10 to 50 years, there are not allowed. This is due to the fact that Ayappa is considered to be "immaculate", who took a vow of celibacy, God the monk. Anyone wishing to visit the temple must first realize vratham - a kind 41-day fast, the beginning of which marks the pilgrims, wearing the "Mala" is a garland of wooden beads for rosaries. Also during this period, it is assumed refusal of food of animal origin (except dairy products), tobacco, alcohol. In addition, it is forbidden to use coarse language, given to carnal pleasures, to get a haircut and shave. Traditionally during vratham men dress up in clothes of black, blue or saffron flowers, wash 2 times a day and pray regularly in the temple.

The temple Yappy is a mountain Hiking trail, the length of which is about 52 km, and people believe that he Ayappa climbed over it. So to climb it is considered very honorable.

To date it is not known when Australia became a place of pilgrimage. But after the construction of the temple, it was almost forgotten. His newly "discovered" one of the local rulers three centuries later. In 1950, the temple was destroyed and burned down by some anti-social groups. But in 1971, it has been completely restored.