Bengaluru-based pilgrim walks on foot to Sabarimala for 18th time
Kasaragod: A devotee from Karnataka has been having darshan at Sabarimala temple by walking on foot for 18 years. Bengaluru Bidadi native Mohana Kalluraya has never failed in his on-foot pilgrimage to Sabarimala since 1999.
The 67-year-old pilgrim completed all the 18 trips covering over 1000 kilometres to Sabarimala all alone. He is planning to end his on-foot journey this year. But he will continue the annual visit to Sabarimala in the coming years by vehicles.
Mohana travels from Bengaluru to Mysuru and then reaches Madhur in Kasaragod. He also visits all temples on the way. He survives on the holy offerings from the temples and the food offered by his friends during the journey.
Mohana walks upto 40-46 kilometres a day. He starts walking at 3 am in the morning and continues upto 9 am. Then after taking rest for a few hours, he resumes walking by 3 pm and ends the day’s journey at 7 pm. Within one month, he reaches Sabarimala. This time, Mohana plans to reach Sabarimala by December 22 and will return on December 24.