Importance of Vrischikam 1st (First day Vrischika Masam)
51 day long vritha (voluntary act of continence) in connection with Sabarimala pilgrimage begins on the first day of malayalam month vrischika. A large number of pilgrims visit the Lord Ayyappa Temple of Sabarimala during the 62 day long pilgrimage period. Those who wish to visit the Lord Ayyappa Temple strictly follow the customary abstinence. This voluntary control lasts 51 days. The devotees should take 102 holy bath during the penance period.