Ayyappa is one among the most popular God of South India. The Lord Ayyappa, was born from the union of Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu ( Mohini), he is also called as Hariharaputra. There are many peculiarities attributed to Ayyappa worship. Sabarimala is considered as the abode of Ayyappa. It is an important pilgrim center.
1. What Ayyappa idol symbolizes?
2. The significance of placing Ayyappa Idol in your Pooja Room
- Ayyappa seated in yogic posture assures you a blissful life.
- Ayyappa idol is a source of positive energy.
- Annihilates negative vibe and brings a new vigour to your life.
- Ayyappa is a guardian, worshipping him regularly gives protection to the family and all ventures.
3. Things to follow while going to Sabarimala Ayyappa Darshan
Ayyappan worship is done with utmost sincerity. There are many peculiarities connected to Sabarimala Ayyappa worship.
- Men of all age group can go to Sabarimala. Sabarimala is not open to all. Only women below the age of 10 and above the age of 50 are allowed
- A real devotee who observes 41 days of fast only can climb and experience the utmost spiritual fulfilment
- The location of Ayyappan’s abode on top of the hill which has a rough terrain can be conquered only by a strong spirit attained by fasting.
- Devotion, sincerity , strong will, purity, self-realisation , self-control are the main morales the worship of Ayyappan inculcates.
4. Few interesting facts one should know about Sabarimala
5. 18 Holy Steps (Pathinettam Padi) and its significance
The 18 steps that lead to Ayyappa shrine is considered as most sacred. The steps are a symbolic representation of several significant elements.
- The first five steps indicate five senses.
- The next eight steps indicate eight ragas
- Next three steps stand for ThriGunas
- Last two steps represent vidya and avidya
It is considered that after climbing all the 18 steps , one detaches from worldly desires. There are other thoughts related to the significance of 18 steps.
6. Before arriving at Sabarimala temple in Kerala, devotees visit a mosque
The secular idea behind the worship of Ayyappan is very interesting . The devotees before reaching the hills have to pray and get blessings of Vavar from his mosque .The vital role of the mosque is the secular aspect of Sabarimala pilgrimage , There is a shrine dedicated to Vaavar , next to the main shrine of Ayyappa. Vaavar is considered as a close friend of Ayyappan , who helped him on his mission to annihilate the Mahishi, a demoness.
7. Why Ayyappa Devotees Wear Black Dress to Sabarimala Ayyappa Temple?
The usual dress code of Ayyappa devotees are black and dark blue shirt /upper garment and saffron dhothi., It is symbolic to the controlled mind during the period of Vratham, that is observed before climbing the hills to reach the sacred shrine.
8. One Among The Top 10 Pilgrimage Centers In India
Sabarimala is a hill of devotion, which emits positive energy. Sabarimala is the most popular pilgrim center in South India, which is visited by 100 million pilgrims every year.