Important things about Sabarimala, not a regular temple. So they don’t do daily puja at here, the temple is open only on very specific days or periods. There is a Mandala puja which is November, December, it sort of goes into January, it goes into the Makara Vilakku, or the Makara Sankranti as we call it. They also open it on the Vishu festival which is mid-April and then there is a tradition of opening it in the first five days of each Malayalam calendar year. Now the interesting point is that the Devaswom board, when it made its argument in the Supreme Court and it’s recorded there, that the restriction on women of menstrual age is only for the pilgrimage period, it is for one, two and three, there is no clear restriction in tradition according to the board, to get into the temple in the first five days of the Malayalam calendar year, not ascending the eighteen steps, but using the northern entrance.
Now traditionally, women of in menstrual age never went to the temple, however those outside the menstrual age. So, either you are too young or you are too old which is when you can actually undertake the ‘vratham’ can go. The exception to this certain sort of tradition has been mothers attending the first rice eating ceremony of their children. Now this is not part of the pilgrimage, this happened, this used to happen, in the first five days of the month and they used to, use as I said the northern entrance for the temple. But again, it is an exception because this is not a temple that is easy to reach or to get to.