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Pilgrimage in Kerala

Kerala is the land of traditons and culture, adorned with the several sacred places. The state houses the people of different religions and castes, as Hindu, Christian, Jews and Muslims. All these people go their respective shrines and places to worship, and thus Kerala emerges out as a hub of pilgrimages. Some of the most important and renowned pilgrimages in Kerala are:
Aruvikkara is a famous pilgrimage of the state, dedicated to Bhagwati-the Goddess of power. It is situated at a short distance of 16 km from Thiruvananthapuram. Located at the bank of river Karamana and splendid waterfall nearby enrich the temple with panoramic view. The mini dam nearby, is another major attraction of the temple, it supplies water to capital of the state. The temple is a famous picnic spot of the region, numerous tourists rush here every year.

Aruvippuram is a small temple, dedicated to Hindu Lord Shiva, situated 24 km from Thiruvananthapuram. Set amidst the refreshing surroundings, the temple was built by the famous Hindu reformer - Shree Narayana Guru. Although the temple is small, yet it is quite popular and visited picnic spot. Its name is after the name of a river, beside which the temple is located.

Bharananganam is a famous pilgrim center of Christians, situated 5 km east of Palai on the Kottayam-Erattupett Road. It is an 100 years old church, associated with Sister Alphonsa, the holy saint of Catholics. On 28th July, her death anniversary is celebrated as a ceremony with great enthuciasm.

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It is one of the most visited as well as the oldest temples of the state, dedicated to Hindu Lord Vishnu, who is worshiped here as Lord Krishna. Millions of devotees visit this temple every year. People believe that, once you will come to this temple, you just get rid of all the problems and depressions. The temple is best known for its distinctive Kerala architecture.

This magnificent shrine is located atop of a hill, approx 1000 m above the sea level in Sahyadri ranges, on the Western Ghats. The temple id dedicated to Lord Ayyappan, the integration of Lord Vishnu and Lord Krishna. Before making a trip to the temple pilgrims go through a strict routine of fasting and wear black cloths. It is believed that during the auspicious day of pilgrimage a divine Light (Makara Villaku) is seen on the adjacent hill, which evidences the presence of Lord Ayyappan.

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