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Ayyappa Shrines in Karnataka and Bangalore (65)

The most prominent Ayyappa temple in Karnataka is situated in Jalahalli, 14 kms. away from Bangalore. The temple was established in 1967 and the consecration ceremony was performed by the then Sabarimala Thanthri, Sri Thaazhaman Kandararu Sankararu. During the pilgrimage season, a large number of Ayyappa devotees arrive here for wearing the Ayyappa Mudra and […]

Ayyappa Shrines in Delhi, Gujarat and Haryana (64)

Among the several Ayyappa shrines outside Kerala, the temple at Ramakrishnapuram, sector II, in New Delhi has some unique features. It had a humble beginning in 1973 with the worship of a photograph of Lord Ayyappa in a small room in a nearby area. This eventually led to the establishment of this major Ayyappa shrine […]

Ayyappa Shrines in Andhra Pradesh (63)

In recent times, the maximum number of pilgrims to Sabarimala have been coming from Andhra Pradesh. With the beginning of the Mandala period, the whole of Andhra Pradesh comes under the grip of Ayyappa devotion. In towns and villages Ayyappa devotees are found clad in blue or black clothes. Most of the pilgrims from Andhra […]

Ayyappa Shrines in other States (62)

The emergence of Ayyappa temples all over India and in some centres abroad is indicative of the wide spread appeal and the spiritual elevation attained through Ayyappa worship. The first of the Malayalam month Vrischikam is gaining universal attention as it is the day in which the Ayyappa devotees all over the world begin their […]

Other famous Ayyappa Shrines in Kerala (61)

Kulathupuzha The temple is located on the foothills of the Sahya mountain ranges in Kollam district amidst charming scenic beauty on the banks of a river. The Vishu-Mahothsavam in April is the important festival here. The river by the side of the temple has a huge assortment of fishes and they are revered as they […]

Evolution of Ayyappan Kaavu-s (60)

Man’s sense of spirituality signifies his natural evolutionary trend. It is the expression of his inner prompting to expand and realize his divine potentials. The primitive man externalizes this potential for expansion by a stone or tree and worships it. He derives an inner satisfaction and strength by such externalisation of the divine potential within. […]

Pollution and health hazards in Sabarimala (59)

Of late, with growing number of pilgrims, environmental pollution and health hazards have assumed disastrous proportions, despite the best efforts of the Sabarimala sanitation society and the Ayyappa Seva Sangham volunteers. The effort will be fruitful only if each pilgrim co-operates by reducing his material needs to the bare minimum and refrains from throwing plastic […]

Protect the Forest Environment (58)

Building of multi-storeyed concrete buildings can give accommodation only to a very small section of pilgrims for comfortable stay. They spoil the very character of the environment. The problem of accommodation and catering facilities call for imaginative planning in tune with the nature of the sylvan surroundings and the planning has to be made guided […]

Maintaining the Forest Environment (57)

What inspires millions to go on a pilgrimage to Sabarimala is the spiritual refinement and satisfaction it provides through a temporary break in the ordinary patterns of life and attuning the mind to the divine dimensions of life. This was certainly the reason of a dominant section undertaking the pilgrimage till a quarter of a […]

Women and Sabarimala (56)

For one who is ordinarily involved in worldly pursuits, Sabarimala pilgrimage offers a unique opportunity for the practice of spiritual disciplines. The successful completion of the austerities makes him stronger to face the challenges of daily life with equanimity. The broader vision of life imbibed during the period of discipline and the pilgrimage uplift culturally […]