Home » Archives by category » Myth and History » History of Lord Ayyappa (Page 4)

The Pandalam Palace and Thiruvaabharanam Procession (44)

There is a centuries old tradition of adorning the idol of Lord Ayyappa on the occasion of the Makara-samkrama Pooja with some special ornaments called Thiruvaabharanam, which are taken to Sabarimala from the Pandalam palace about 90 kms away in a procession with great enthusiasm and devotional fervour. After the Pooja, the Thiruvaabharanam is brought [...]

Kalam Ezhuthu (43)

“Kalam-s”, elaborate mystical patterns signifying and invoking spiritual are used to be drawn on ground usually using white or coloured powders. Such kalam-s are drawnh at the manimandapam from the 1st of the Malayalam month Makaram to 6th of the month “(ie Jan 14th to 20th ).  These intricate and beautiful patterns are drawn using [...]

Temple Festival (Uthsavam) (42)

The Temple festival was used to be conducted in December every year. However, because of the heavy rush of pilgrims during this season, the temple festival was shifted to the Vishu season in April from the year 2006. The beginning of the festival is symbolised by  “Kodiyettam” or hoisting of the flag on the temple [...]

Mandala-Pooja (41)

The major Pooja of the Mandala period (1st of Malayalam month Vrischikam to the 11th of Dhanu – middle November to the end of December) is performed on the concluding 41st day, which usually falls on the 11th of the Malayalam month Dhanu. This involves 41 days of austerities. A special event on this occasion [...]

A Symbolic Ritual (40)

Authored by Sri. Srikanth and C.V. Manoj On one of these days of the festival, there is an interesting ritual potent with great symbolic content. This is the ritual of taking in procession the Uthsava-moorthi of Goddess Maalikappurath-amma up to the Saramkuthiyaal. It is supposed that she is going there to see whether any Kanni-Ayyappa-s, [...]

The Mandala Kaalam, the Period of Mandala, and the Temple Festival (39)

Authored by Sri. Srikanth and C.V. Manoj The period of austerities for 41 days, beginning from the 1st of the Malayalam month Vrischikam (mid-November), is known as the Mandala-kaalam of the Sabarimala pilgrimage. The period extends up to the 11th of the Malayalam month Dhanu (end of December). The ten-day temple festival also takes place [...]

Investiture of Melsaanthi, the Chief Priest (38)

Authored by Sri. Srikanth and C.V. Manoj During the pilgrimage season when the entire atmosphere becomes vibrant with the reverberations of the Sharana-manthra of Lord Ayyappa, some important ceremonies take place in the temple. A major function just before the pilgrimage season starts, is the investiture of the Melsaanthi, the chief priest. This ceremony is [...]

The Thanthri-s of Sabarimala (37)

Authored by Sri. Srikanth and C.V. Manoj The Thanthri-s, who are traditionally in over-all charge of the Sabarimala temple belong to the family of Thaazhaman at Chengannur in Kerala. According to tradition, they were the Brahmin priests brought from Andhra Pradesh by the ancient sage Parasuraama and they were appointed as the Thanthri-s of Sabarimala [...]

Sannidhaanam, the Divine Presence (36)

Climbing the Sacred steps, the pilgrim reaches the focussing point of his austerities, the very goal of his pilgrimage – the Presence. He stands immersed in Bliss in the glorious Presence of Lord Ayyappa vibrant with Divine Grace. The doors within open to Eternity and the reassuring Grace Divine, which makes him more free, harmonious [...]

Pampa (30)

The pilgrim reaches then the extensive area of the Pampa river bed. The region is also known as Pampa. The Ayyappa lore has it that king Rajasekhara of Pandalam found the child Ayyappa on the banks of this river. The section, Kishkindaa-kaandam of the Ramayana, begins and ends with exquisite description of the scenic beauty [...]