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Sabarimala is in the Western Ghats and is named after Sabari, the tribal woman mentioned in the Ramayana, who attained salvation after her meeting with Ram Sabarimala is believed to be the abode of Lord Ayyappa and is visited by about one crore pilgrims every year. For 41 days, devotees follow a controlled lifestyle. They eat only vegetarian food, refrain from consuming alcohol or tobacco, and follow personal cleanliness and celibacy. Pilgrims wear only black clothes and don’t shave. Irrespective of caste, creed, social status or religious belief, anyone can worship at the temple. All pilgrims are referred to as ‘Swamy’ during the pilgrimage. Offerings to Ayyappa are tied in a bag with two compartments, known as irumudi. This contains a ghee-filled coconut, puffed and beaten rice, camphor, betel leaves and nuts, and incense sticks. Pilgrims carry the offerings on their heads throughout the arduous journey chanting the slogan Swam eye Saranam Ayyappa, which means, ‘Oh Ayyappa; I seek refuge in you’. The 18 steps to the temple represent the 18 Puranas. Close to the temple’s entrance, there is a temple to a Muslim disciple, Vavar Swamy, while those of two tribal chiefs, Kadutha Swamy and Karuppa Swamy, are positioned on either side of the steps.
(a) How did the pilgrim centre Sabarimala get its name?
(b) What ritual preparation do the pilgrims follow?
(c) What is irumudi and what does it contain?
(d) What do the 18 steps to the temple represent?
(e) Write the synonym of:
(I) difficult (ii) tiring