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Myth and History

Let us now set aside the Puranic story and have a glimpse into the historical aspect. Pandalam was a small kingdom between Chengannoor and Adoor in southern Kerala. The descendants of the dynasty, and the palace are still there. According to some historians the kingdom had its beginning around 904 A.D. when a scion of […]

Sabarimala : Its Timeless Message – Book by Srikanth and Manoj C V

Sri Dharma Sastha Worship – A Tuning to Advaithic Consciousness The Natural Urge to Know One self ( 2 ) Personal and Impersonal (4) The Integration of Sri Dharma Sasthaand Sri Ayyappa ( 5 ) The Bhoothanathopakhyanam, the Purana on Dharma Shaastha ( 6 ) The Annihilation of the Time Factor ( 7 ) Symbolism […]

Akhila Bharatha Ayyappa Seva Sangham (73)

A voluntary organisation rendering yeoman service to Sabarimala pilgrims, Akhila Bharatha Ayyappa Seva Sangham was established more than half a century ago. Originated in a very modest way with the initiative of a few earnest devotees out of their deep concern for the welfare of pilgrims taking to this arduous pilgrimage, it has expanded today […]

National Integration and Sri Ayyappa Worship (72)

True spirituality is unifying, not divisive. Sri Ayyappa worship unifies religions, regions and nations. In fact, all religions aim at a harmonious life and spiritual evolution. It is the superficial religious notions and the dogmas associated with them that result in religious intolerance. Ayyappa concept reflects the universality of the elevated spiritual consciousness. It integrates […]

Ayyappa Shrines in Abroad(71)

Australia Sydney has a Sri Ayyappa Swami Centre (Corner of Rochester Street and Burlington Road). Homebush Primary School Hall, Homebush, Sydney. Poojas and Bhajans held every Saturday evening 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm. Canada Sri Ayyappa Samajam in Scarborough, Ontario Canada, has acquired an area of land to build and operate a large Ayyappan Temple. […]

Ayyappa Shrines in U.S.A. (70)

Washington in U.S.A. has the distinction of having the first ever Ayyappa shrine with the 18 sacred steps established outside India. There are separate shrines in the temple complex for the Divine Mother, Maalikappurath-amma, Kannimoola Ganapathi, divine serpents and other deities. Located at Lanham, Maryland in Washington, the temple was consecrated by the Sabarimala Thanthri, […]

Ayyappa Shrines in other part of ndia (69)

Uttaranchal Ayyappa Temple, Hardwar The holy city of Hardwar, Himalayas, has an Ayyappa temple, which was founded in 1959 inspired by Swami Vimochanananda, a pioneer in establishing Sri Ayyappa temples in North India. Large number of devotees visit the shrine during the Mandala and the Makara vilakku season. The temple authorities provide food and accommodation […]

Ayyappa Shrines in Tamil Nadu (68)

Chennai: There are around eight Ayyappa temples in and around Chennai city. The oldest one among them is situated at Mahalingapuram. It was consecrated in 1974 by the Sabarimala Thanthri Sri Thazhaman Kandararu Sankararu. The temple is managed by Sri Ayyappa Bhaktha Sabha. Large number of devotees reach here during the Sabarimala pilgrimage season for […]

Ayyappa Shrines in Maharashtra (67)

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 […]

Ayyappa Shrines in Madhya Pradesh (66)

Bhilai In Madhya Pradesh, the Ayyappa shrines are located at Bhilai, Bilaspur, Bhopal, Raipur, Bishrampur and Gwalior are well-known. In conducting Pooja-s, festivals, spiritual discourses and cultural programmes, Bhilai Ayyappa temple stands prominent. During the Mandala period, thousands of devotees visit this temple. On the day of the ritualistic procession, the ‘steel city’ for a […]

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