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. Therefore, Ayyappa is also called as Hariharan Puthiran which means the son of both Hari or Vishnu and Haran or Shiva.
Where is Lord Ayyappa temple?
Sabarimala Sree Dharma Sastha Temple, dedicated to Lord Ayyappa, is the most famous and prominent among all the Sastha temples in Kerala.
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 the pathinettam padi or the eighteenth step.
Who built Ayyappa temple?
King Rajasekara, in due course of time completed the construction of the shrine and the sacred eighteen stairs leading to the temple complex.
What is Ayyappa the god of?
Ayyappan, also called Dharmasastha and Manikandan, is a Hindu deity popular in Southern India, He is considered to be the epitome of dharma, truth, and righteousness and is often called upon to obliterate evil. Ayyappan. God of righteousness and celibacy.
Who destroyed Sabarimala 1950?
In 1950, the Sabarimala temple was found gutted by fire with damages to the Ayyappa idol. Saying that the act of setting fire was deliberate, a senior police official said it was not possible for any Hindu group to have committed the crime. Circumstantial evidence pointed at the Christian community.
Is Ayyappa story true?
According to the other version, Lord Ayyappa is a historical figure. He was born in the royal family of Panthalam, a small kingdom located in Patthanamthitta district of Kerala. Sabarimala Temple is located in the same district. He grew up in the palace of Panthalam.
Why girls are not allowed in Ayyappa?
Some female Hindus believe that Ayyappan himself placed restrictions on women entering the temple because he wanted to be celibate, and the presence of women would distract him from this cause. A few reporters have pointed out that gender segregation exists in other Hindu temples.
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.
Why Ayyappa Mala is black?
The black clothes symbolically indicate a mind withdrawn from all materialist objects.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.
industrialist Vijay Mallya
The gold plating was an offering by exiled industrialist Vijay Mallya, who sponsored the undertaking at a cost of about Rs 18 crore. According to the Travancore Devaswom Board that manages the hill shrine, located about 170 km from here, the leakage was detected when the temple was opened for monthly poojas this month.