Kanni Ayyappan : Rituals and Beliefs

04/01/2012 Pilgrim Rituals

Kanni Ayyappan or First time Sabarimala climber is a unique feature of Sabarimala and there said a storywith this. It is believed that Lord Ayyappa has given his word to Malikappurathu devi that he will marry herif any Kanni Ayyappans fails to come to Sababrimalain an year. Unfortunately, such thing never occurred and still Malikappuram devi is waiting here for such anyear.Those who coming first to Sabarimala should followcertain rituals and first of its kind is to find a guruswamy,he should have completed eighteen year coming to Sabarimala, and wear the bead mala or rudrakshamala. He should follow strict penance of 41 years and should not violate it.He should fill the irumudikettu with the help of guruswamy and raise the Sarana slogans before heading to Sababrimala. He also should tale a divine dip at the Holy River Pampa and should enact the pettathullal atErumeli temple. He also should stick the arrow at Saramkuthy, so as to help Malikappuram devi to findthat Kanni Ayyappan have visited this year also.If a devotee coming to Sabarimala for the first time have followed these strict penance could be allowed tostep in the holy golden eighteen steps to Sannidhanam.

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