Ayyappa Shrines in Maharashtra (67)

12/01/2012 History of Lord Ayyappa

With the beginning of the Mandala period, make-shift Ayyappa shrines and Bhajanamadam-s sprout up in large numbers in Mumbai and the surrounding areas. In all such centres special Pooja-s and Bhajan-s are conducted. Like Ganesothsava and Navaraathri celebrations, the Mandala-mahothsava conducted during the Sabarimala pilgrimage season also has become an important festival in Mumbai.

There is an onrush of pilgrims from Mumbai and the suburban regions to Sabarimala during the pilgrimage season. Though many of the major cities of India have Ayyappa temples, the maximum number of Ayyappa temples are located in the city of Mumbai and the suburban regions. Of these the most prominent ones are Minisabarimala temple located near the Naval Civilian Colony Kanchoor Marg, the Ayyappa temples at Vartaknagar, Dombvli, Bangurnagar, Gorigao, Ambarnath, Thane, etc.

The locations of the temples are: Ayyappa Temple, Ayyappa Nagar, Goregaon (West) (Regular bus services available from Goregaon Station to the temple); Ayyappa Temple, Barunagar; Ayyappa Temple, Off S.V.Road, Borivili West; Ayyappa Temple, Shell Colony, Chembur; Ayyappa Temple, Kalyan; Ayyappa Temple, Musco Colony, PO Jagdish Nagar, Khopoli, Raigad-410216; Ayyappa Temple, Nerul, New Mumbai; Ayyappa Temple , Panvel, New Mumbai; Ayyappa Temple, Shivaji Nagar, Govandi, Mumbai – 400043; Ayyappa Temple, Vasai, Mumbai; Ayyappa Temple, Vashi,  Navi  Mumbai; Alpanakav Temple, Saki Naka, Mumbai; Guruvayur Temple, Dombivili, Mumbai; Mini Ayyappa Temple, Mumbai; Mini Sabari Mala, C/o.Shree Ayyappa Seva Sangam, Sector 8B, CBD Belapur, Navi Mumbai-400614; Ayyappa Temple, Anushakti Nagar (Babha Atomic Research Centre Staff Quarters), Mumbai;  Ayyapa Temple, Pattan Chawl, Hanuman Nagar, Kandivili (East), Mumbai-400101; Shree Ayyappa Temple, C/o Shree Ayyappa Pooja Samithy, Shree Ayyappa Temple Complex, Shree Ayyappa Temple Road, Sane Guraji Nagar, Lalchakki, Ulhasnagar, Mumbai 421004; Subramaniam Temple with Sri Ayyappa Shrine, Chembur, Mumbai; Ayyappa Temple, Sastha Hills, Dehu Road, Pune 412101.Varthak Ayyappa Temple, Thane.

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