Vivek prays at Sabarimala for a healthy baby

Vivek Oberoi’s wife Priyanka Oberoi’s pregnancy is due next month and the highly excited and tensed dad-to-be Vivek climbed the holy hills of Sabarimala on Monday afternoon to seek the blessings of God for a healthy child and safe delivery of Priyanka.

For the last 13 years, Vivek has been visiting Ayyappa but this time he went to the holy place with a special prayer. This time he asked God to bless his wife and him with a "healthy kid"."Please bless us with a healthy kid". Priyanka’s pregnancy is due between 5 to 15th February.

Oberoi also met the temple priest thantri kandararu Rajeevaru with a request to bless them with a healthy child.

Talking to a leading daily at the Sannidhanam, Oberoi said visits to Sabarimala refreshes the mind. "Our soul is like a battery and I consider Sabarimala as a charging station. This is the apt place for me to charge the soul and get good, positive vibes and energy till the next year. It's been 14 years since I started visiting Sabarimala and seeking blessings from my favorite God. Preparing for the Sabarimala pilgrim season, visiting here after observing penance for 41 days and finally standing in front of Ayyappa. It is a cycle of spiritual refreshment," said Oberoi, clad in traditional black garb.

"A visit to Sabarimala teaches us discipline and tolerance, especially in a world like ours which is slowly becoming intolerant and witnessing lots of fights, hatred and wars. This is one of those things that take your mind away from all that. It's quite beautiful. You come here and completely indulge in peace and love," he said.

He filled Irumudikkettu from Chotty Sree Mahadeva temple near Kottayam on Monday morning.

"I'm not keeping well. I thought I won't be able to make it this year due to sickness. I slept on Saturday night and prayed to Ayyappa that if I recover on Sunday morning, I will take the flight to Cochin and visit Sabarimala. I felt better when I woke up, so took a flight and came here. I think, Ayyappa wanted me to come," Oberoi said flashing his trademark smile.

On Sunday Oberoi had tweeted: "Switching off for a few days as I leave for my annual pilgrimage to Sabarimala! Swamiye Saranam Ayyappa."