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Makara Jyothi/Makara Vilakku

Sunday, January 11, 2015

The annual festival celebrated on 14 january (Makar Sankranti) at the shrine of Sabarimala. The celebration involves the Thiruvabharanam (sacred Ornaments of Lord Ayyappa) procession and a congregation at the hillock Temple of Sabarimala around more than half a million pilgrims reach Sabarimala each year to have a Darshan of this ritual.   Read More . . .

What is Aazhi pooja

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Aazhi Pooja a fire worship, is a unique ritual performed in many temples of Central Travancore in association with annual pilgrimage to Sabarimala. In Hinduism puja is held on a variety of occasions. Pujas are performed in the form and that temples to mark some events of festivals such as Durga Puja and Lakshmi Puja. Fire may be lit and honour of deity Agni. Here Agni is worshiped without an idol on Sanskrit. This kind of worship known Nigama Ceremony. But in Agana ceremonies an idol or image of deity is worshiped. One of the Nigama Puja is Aazhi Puja or fire worship.   Read More . . .

Panthrandu Vilakku

Thursday, November 27, 2014

“Panthrandu vilakku” is being observed in temples with great fervour and enthusiasm to commemorate the ‘Ten Avatars of Lord Vishnu’. The first avatar was ‘Matsya’ or the ‘fish’ from the satya yuga. Lord Vishnu took the form of a fish. To save the earth from the Apocalypse, He took his boat to the new world along with one of every species of plant and animal. The second incarnation of Vishnu was Koorma or Tortoise. It is believed that the mount Mandara, while the Devas and the Asuras were trying to churn out the Amruth or Elixir from the ocean of milk, began to sing down. Immediately Lord Vishnu took the form of a tortoise, bore the weight of the mountain on Him, and stopped the Mountain from going down. The third incarnation is Varaha or the boar. According to the epic Hiranyaksha a demon King, took the earth and carried it away to the bottom of the cosmic ocean. Lord Vishnu took the form of a boar and had battle with Hiranyaksha. This battle continued for a Thousand years. Eventually the Varaha won the battle and brought back the earth to its place is the Universe.   Read More . . .

Importance of Vrischikam 1st (First day Vrischika Masam)

Saturday, November 15, 2014

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. He should compulsorily withdraw from non-vegetarian food and observe “Brahmacharya” (self control of overall sensual pleasures). Vrischikam or Vrischika Masam, is the fourth month in a traditional calendar and is highly auspicious month. This begins on November 17 and ends on December 15. The vratam begin from the first day of the month. Vrischikam 1 is also known as Mandalakalam Arambam. In the ancient days, 51 days vratam the devotees had strictly followed. At present 41 days vratam is strictly following.   Read More . . .

What is Sastha Preethi

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Sastha Preethi, as the name suggests, is the worship of Sree Dharma Sastha for the blessing of his divine grace. Lord Sasta, also popularly known as Lord Ayyappa is known to be the offspring of Shiva and Vishnu (as Mohini, in his female form). The most famous and well known shrine of Lord Sasta is the Sabarimala (mountain) situated at Kerala, India. Every year millions of people visit this shrine and seek the blessings of the Lord.   Read More . . .

Understanding your Prayers: Makara Vilakku Pooja

Thursday, October 03, 2013

The Makara Vilakku Pooja is one of the most significant prayer offerings to Lord Ayyappan. This pooja is directly linked to the beginning of the Sabrimala pilgrimage. This pilgrimage begins in the middle of November, on 1st of the Malayalam month of Vrichikam. Usually, the day lies somewhere around 14th to 17th November. The pilgrimage continues in the coming month, with the 1st of the Malayalam month of Makara being the most important. In the rest of the country, this day is known as the Makar Sakaranti.   Read More . . .

The Importance of Neyyabhishekam

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

The Ayyappa devotees after reaching the Sacred Sanctorum and having darshan, the first ritual they undertake is making preparations for Neyyabhishekam. Neyyu or ghee abhisheka is the most important offering to Lord Ayyappa at the Sabarimala Ayyappa Temple. Devotees bring ghee to the temple by filling it inside a coconut. This coconut is known as Neythenga or the coconut filled with ghee. This coconut is carried from home in the Irumudi kettu. The ritual involves pouring of sacred ghee brought by the devotees in their Irumudi on the Lord Ayyappa idol.   Read More . . .

Lord Ayyappa : The Shaneeswaran Ayyappan

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

It is believed that Lord Ayyappa has his divine control over Lord Shani. According to Hindu astrology, Shani or Saturn is one among the planets. People who believe in astrology and horoscope always think about that the position of Shani on their horoscope which they believe can cause misery to their life.   Read More . . .

Harivarasanam : The lullaby to Lord Ayyappa.

Monday, April 15, 2013

The divine song “Harivarasanam” or Hari Haratmaka Ashtakam is sung when the sanctum sanctorum of the Sabarimala Ayyappa temple close for the day at night. The emotions of Ayyappa devotees in Sabarimala are beyond explanation when they hear Harivarsanam rendered in Sanctorium. The whole area will be filled with Sarana Manthra and every devotee feel the presence of Lord Ayyappa in their minds.   Read More . . .

18 Holy Steps (Pathinettam Padi) and its significance

Friday, March 29, 2013

Pathinettapadi (18 divine steps) to the sanctum sanctorium is divine in all aspects. Every Ayyappa devotee, before he sees the Sanctum Sanctorum, has to lay his footsteps over eighteen sacred steps. Initially the 18 steps were made of granite. It was later covered with Panchaloha (a special composition of gold, silver, copper, iron and tin), in the year 1985 to prevent it from deterioration. Pilgrims initiate their ascent up the Pathinettam Padi by placing their right foot on the first step. As per the tradition, only those who undertake the penance for 41 days and those who carry the irumudi on their head are allowed to use the steps.   Read More . . .