Ayyappa Temple


The black clothes symbolically indicate a mind withdrawn from all materialist objects. The black cloth suggests the Ayyappa devotee is dead to the world of perceptions, emotions and thoughts and he is immersed in thought of Ayyappa.

Which God is in Ayyappa temple?

The temple is dedicated to a Hindu Brahmachari (Celibate) deity Ayyappan also known as Dharma Shasta, who according to belief is the son of Shiva and Mohini, the feminine incarnation of Vishnu.
Sabarimala Temple
Affiliation Hinduism
District Pathanamthitta
Deity Lord Ayyappa in a yogic meditation
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Where is Lord Ayyappa now?

Lord Ayyappa is the presiding deity at Sabarimala residing in the hilly forest in Naishtik Brahmachari (eternal celibate) state.

Why Ayyappa has 18 steps?

The steps are believed to be special for other reasons too. For one, Ayyappa was a master of 18 weapons” each step is dedicated to each of those weapons, which Ayyappa is believed to have finally surrendered at thepathinettam padi or the eighteenth step.

Is Lord Ayyappa married?

Ayyappan temples typically show him as a celibate yogi. A few important temples such as the one at Achankovil Sree Dharmasastha Temple near Travancore, however, depict him as a married man with two wives Poorna and Pushkala, as well as a son Satyaka.

Can girls worship Ayyappa?

Over 100 temples in Kerala are dedicated to Ayyappan. Women are allowed to enter all other temples of Ayyappan, so some argue that making an exception for Sabarimala is unusual and inconsistent. The chief minister of Kerala, Pinarayi Vijayan, is in favor of womens entry to Sabarimala.

Who was killed by Ayyappa?

According to Malayali tradition, Ayyappan, who was born with the powers of Vishnu and Shiva, defeated Mahishi.

Is Ayyappa avatar of Shiva?

Lord Ayyappa was the son of Vishnu & ShivaLord Ayyappa is a very popular Hindu deity, which is mainly worshipped in South India. He is also spelt as Ayyappa. It is believed that he was born out of the union between Lord Shiva and the mythical Mohini, who is also regarded as an avatar of Lord Vishnu.

Who is the father of Ayyappa?

King Rajashekara, the foster-father of Lord Ayyappa belonged to this dynasty. A just and precocious sovereign King Rajashekara was held by his subjects in high esteem. Under him, the region was witnessing a golden age. But the king had one sorrow he was childless and thus had no heir to inherit his throne.

Who wanted to marry Lord Ayyappa?

Her name was Leela and she is said to have fallen in love with Ayyappa, but he refused to acknowledge her feelings. Determined, Leela followed him until he relented one day and said he would marry her the day new devotees stopped visiting the Sabarimala Temple.


One legend says that Lord Ayyappa does not receive menstruating women in the temple in honour of Malikapurathamma a lady-demon who was defeated by Ayyappa after which she proposed marriage to him. The Lord had set the condition that he would marry her the day devotees stop visiting him at Sabarimala.


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