Sunday, December 30, 2012

మహా పడి పూజ -Maha Padi Pooja @ Bharath Nagar , Yuva Sena Grounds, Hyderabad
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Annadhanam and Puja
Annadhanam is one of the primary duty of Ayyappa Bhakta. This was insisted because one must see Ayyappa in every living being. But unfortunately it has become a ritual.

Many Guruswamis demand the disciples to compulsorily conduct a puja in their house and feed all from their group. There is nothing wrong in the practice if person can accord it. By feeding His devotees The Lord will definitely be happy.

But for those who cannot afford - feed any single deserving poor person with whatever possible food. The Lord will be pleased with this act.

One need not expect any invitation for any Ayyappan puja and can very well attend any puja and help for the puja to the maximum extend possible. 

Calling everyone as "Ayyappa" or "Swami" should come from heart and not as a mere ritualistic word. Callout the Sharanams only during appropriate occasions and Sharana Gosham should not disturb any Puja activity. 



Swami is always with us -  ready to give us whatever we want.  Following the Vratham with utmost sincerity will definitely fetch something more than what we want  -the result will be Ayyappa himself.

Two more requests
And along with all these, though not in the Vrutham rules, also make a strong Sankalpam regarding 2 aspects:
1. The thousands of devotees who come to sannidanam are also the very form of Sastha. We dont know the quantum of devotion of any Bhakta and who is dear to Swamy.. So please donot cause any disturbance or uncomfortable feeling to any devotee...  

2. Make sure that the greenery of Sabarimala is not disturbed by us. Do not throw any plastics or any other garbage at sabarimala zone. Do we spit inside our house? But we do everything in Sabarimala. Its the abode of the Lord and to keep it clean is the first service to the Lord than anything else.

Sabari Calendar 2012 -13


Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Sabarimala Calendar for the Year 2011-12

The Sabarimala Ayyappa Temple in Kerala is open for darshan only during certain specific periods in a year. Below are the dates on which the Sabarimala Ayyappa Temple will remain open during 2011 – 2012.
The temple is open for monthly pujas for five days from the first of Malayalam month on all months in year. Other days when the temple is open are for Sabarimala Shrine festival, Vishu, Ayyappa Idol installation anniversary puja, Onam puja, Sri Chitira Attam Thirunnal, two months during the Mandalam Pooja season (November – December) and finally during the Makaravilakku Puja (January) season.

Sabarimala Ayyappa TempleCalendar 2011 – 2012

January 2011 at Sabarimala
January 14, 2011 – Makaravilakku Puja
Temple open on all days in January till January 20, 2011
Temple closes at night on January 20, 2011.

February 2011 at Sabarimala
February 12, 2011 to February 17, 2011 – Kumbha Masa Puja – Monthly Puja – The temple remains open for five days during the period.
March 2011 at Sabarimala
March 09, 2011 to March 19, 2011 – Meena Masa Puja Monthly Puja and Sabarimala Annual Temple Festival.
Painguni Festival and Special Puja is also on March 19, 2011.
April 2011 at Sabarimala
April 10, 2011 – April 18, 2011 – Vishu and Medam month Puja and Darshan
April 15, 2011 – Vishu Kani Darshan at the Temple
April 18, 2011 - Vishu Festival Ends
May 2011 at Sabarimala
May 14, 2011 to May 19, 2011 – Edava Masa Puja - Monthly Puja – The temple remains open for five days during the period.
May 10, 2011 – Ayyappa Idol installation anniversary puja
May 11, 2011 – Ayyappa Idol installation anniversary day
June 2011 at Sabarimala
June 15, 2011 to June 20, 2011 – Mithuna Masa Puja – Monthly Puja – The temple remains open for five days during the period.
July 2011 at Sabarimala
July 16, 2011 to July 21, 2011 – Karkidaka Masa Puja – Monthly Puja – The temple remains open for five days during the period.
There is also a Niraputtari in this month and the date is decided by the Travancore Royal Family.
August 2011 at Sabarimala
August 16, 2011 to August 21, 2011 – Chinga Masa Puja – Monthly Puja – The temple remains open for five days during the period.
September 2011 at Sabarimala

September 7, 2011 to September 11, 2011 - Onam Puja.
September 9, 2011 – Thiru Onam Puja

September 16, 2011 to September 21, 2011 – Kanni Masa Puja – Monthly Puja – The temple remains open for five days during the period.
October 2011 at Sabarimala
October 17, 2011 to October 22, 2011 – Thulam Masa Puja – Monthly Puja – The temple remains open for five days during the period.
October 25, 2011 to October 26, 2011 – Sri Chitira Attam Thirunnal
November 2011 at Sabarimala
November 16, 2011Mandala Kalam Starts – Shrine open for 41 days
Temple open on all days from November 16.
December 2011 at Sabarimala
Temple open on all days till the night of December 27, 2010 on all days.
December 27, 2011 – Sabarimala Mandala Puja - Temple closes in the evening
December 30, 2011Temple opens for Makaravilakku.
January 2012 at Sabarimala
January 15, 2012 – Makaravilakku Puja
Temple open on all days till January 20, 2012
Temple closes at night on January 20, 2012.
Sabarimala Ayyappa Temple Timings
On the above days the temple usually opens at 0400hrs and closes at 1300 hrs and then opens again at 1600 hrs and closes at 2300 hrs.
Neyyabhishekam takes place from 0430 hrs to 1130 hrs.
During the peak seasons the timings might altered to accommodate the large number of devotees.

Sabarimala festival from March 10

The 10-day annual festival at Lord Ayyappa Temple at Sabarimala will be held from March 10 to 19.

The temple will be opened on Wednesday afternoon. The rituals will begin with chief priest (Tantri) Kandararu Rajeevaru, assisted by head priest (Melsanthi) Ezhikode Sasi Namboodiri, performing the Ashtadravya Ganapati homom on Thursday morning.


The purification rituals `bimba-sudhikriya' and `praasada-sudhikriya' will be performed on Wednesday afternoon prior to the ‘kodiyettu' ceremony, which will be between 10.35 a.m. and 11.30 a.m. on Thursday. The chief priest will perform the ‘kodiyettu' rituals before the golden temple mast and hoist the ceremonial flag.


Utsavabali
‘Utsavabali' will be performed from March 11 to 18 at a specially prepared pandal in the temple precincts after the ‘utchapuja.' The Tantri, assisted by the Melsanthi, will perform the Utsavabali.


The Utchapuja during the festival period will be performed by 11 a.m. and the Utsavabali darshan will be from 1.30 p.m. to 2.30 p.m.


The Vilakkinezhullippu procession will be held at the Sannidhanam from March 14 to 18.


Pallivetta
The Pallivetta ritual will held on March 18. The presiding deity will be taken in a ceremonial procession to Saramkuthy on the traditional trekking path for the Pallivetta ritual after the Athazhapuja on March 18.


Aratt
The Painguni Uthram, which is believed to be Lord Ayyappa's birthday, falls on March 19. The 10-day temple festival will conclude with the Aratt ceremony on March 19 when the deity will be taken out in a procession to Pampa for the Arat ceremony. The Aratpuja and Utchapuja will be performed at the specially prepared Arat-kadavu in the Pampa river on the foothills of Sabarimala at 11 am.


The deity will be taken back to the Sannidhanam in an Arat procession by 10 p.m. The Tantri will bring down the ceremonial flag, marking the culmination of the annual festival.


KSRTC services
According to Kerala State Road Transport Corporation sources, the corporation will operate special services to Pampa from its depots at Pathanamthitta, Chengannur, Kottayam, Thiruvananthapuram, Erumeli, Kumily and Kottarakara from March 9 to 19.

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Guru Swamy




''Guruvan Guruve Saranam Ayyappa !'

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Gurur Brahmaa Gurur Vishnuhu Gurur Devo Maheshvaraha |
Guru Saakshaat Para Brahma Tasmai Shree Gurave Namaha ||

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Whoever is the Guru he is Lord Shiva !
Whoever is Lord Shiva he is Guru !

-Guru Githa

It is said that chanting the name of the Guru is equivalent to chanting the name of Lord Shiva, Guru's abode is Kashi Kshetram and water used to wash Guru's feet is Ganga.


The role of the Guru is significant in the Ayyappa cult. The Guruswamy is usually an elderly person who has undertaken pilgrimage to Sabarimala not less than seven consecutive years in the traditional long route and had darshan of Makara Jothi. The devotees treat the Guruswamy as Ayyappan himself. It is important that pilgrims gain knowledge from the Guru on all the aspect of the Pilgrimage. One should serve the Guru physically, mentally and verbally.

The pilgrims should give the due respect and reverence the Guru deserves. All instructions of the Guru should be carried out without fail. The Guru will enlighten the Shisyas the austerities to be followed. He will teach them the slokas and way to perform pooja and bhajans. He shall prepare them for the pilgrimage mentally and physically. He will lead the pilgrims safely and comfortably to Sabarimala.

Rules for Ayyappa Deeksha




'Swamy ye Saranam Ayyappa !'


The life of the man can be improved and re-energized by performing Tapas or austerity. Tapas may be performed in body, speech and mind as per 'Gita'. When man applies himself to these three components, he changes for the better.

Given below are the austerities and regulations that has to be strictly followed for taking pilgrimage to Shri Sabarimala

Deeksha has to be undertaken after getting permission from parents. Then one has to get the permission of the the Guru. After this the date is fixed to commence the deeksha. The previous day before the said date one has to offer prayers to ones family deity and make a holy knot with yellow cloth with 1.25 currency units within and present it to the family deity, thereby taking Her/His permission to commence the deeksha.

Previous day before starting the deeksha, the devotee willcleanly shave, clip his nails, trim his hair and make himself physically clean. The holy mala / garland (tulsi / uthradsham) should be cleaned and smeared with sandal paste and placed before the portrait of Lord Ayyappa. The devotee should also buy a new pair of coloured (ONLY BLACK) dhoti and towel/shawl.

On the day of starting the deeksha the devotee shall raise early, bath and offer prayers to family deity, Navagrahas and perform pooja to the holy mala. Then he shall go to temple with his Guru. The mala has to be received from the Guru in midst of chanting of Saranam. After wearing the mala the devotee becomes Lord Ayyappa himself and starts the demands of pious life.

The devotee shall withdraw from all social activities and spend his time by taking part in praying, poojas, bajans, visiting temples, cleaning temples, feeding the poor, helping the poor/sick and attending religious discourses.

He shall take only satvic foods and refrain 100% from taking meat, intoxicating drinks / drugs, chewing betel leaves and from smoking.


He shall bathe twice, if possible thrice, daily and perform pooja by at least chanting 108 Ayyappan Saranam. He shall continuously chant Saranam Ayyappa in mind, both at work and at home.

He shall not hurt anybody verbally or physically.
He shall treat all co-devotees as Lord Ayyappan himself and serve them in all the ways.

He shall not feel proud of the respect and privileges he gets when he is wearing the holy mala. When others prostrate themselves on his feet he shall not feel proud but dedicate the same to Lord Ayyappan and say aloud 'Lord Save everybody for their faith in you'.

He shall not cause inconvenience to his family members on account on observing the vritham.
As he starts his deeksha every year, he shall think that he is doing the same for first time and follow all the rules of the deeksha strictly.

He shall strictly follow brahmacharya (continence), refrain from sex, thinking of sex, develop passion against all women including his wife, and treat all women with motherly feeling.

He shall not apply oil to his hair and shall not take bath with oil smeared over his body.

He shall not attend any social function like birthdays, engagement, and wedding, etc. and shall feast in anyone's home who have not undertaken the deeksha.

He shall avoid being in the proximity of dead body and shall not eat anything till he bathes if he accidentally sees one.

He shall always carry a tulsi leaf with him to prevent him from evil feeling and from Thitu.

He shall not sleep on bed but on floor, he shall not use pillow but wooden block, he shall not use footwear but walk with bear feet.

He shall totally surrender himself to Lord Ayyappa.

One should remember that the grace and power of Sabarimala increases and reflects back by observing the above rules strictly

History of Lord Ayyappa

The descendants of Pandya dynasty discarded by Thirumala Naicker Diwan of Raja Vijayanagar, who was then ruling the Pandya Kingdom, comprising of Madurai,Tirunelveli, Ramananthapuram, were living scattered in places like Valliyur, Tenkasi, Shengottah, Achankovil and Sivagiri. At that time, Pandyas were ruling in many parts of Travancore. The descendants of Pandya dynasty belonging to Chempazhanattu Kovil, living in Sivagiri were given the right to rule the country of Pandalam, by the King of Travancore eight hundreds years ago. King Rajasekara was the direct descendant of this dynasty


King Rajasekara was very talented, courageous and just in his deeds. People were living happily and prosperously during his regime. However, the king was very unhappy that he had no children and his subjects were also worried that he had no heir to inherit his kingdom. As per the wish of the queen, both of them prayed Lord Shiva for blessing them with a child.


Mahishasuran, Son of Ramban, undertook a severe penance (Dhavam). Lord Brahma tried to distract his concentration, but having failed in his attempts, he appeared before the Asura and blessed him with a boon. Mahishasuran asked Lord Brahma to give him a boon by which no man in the earth would be able to kill him, and Lord Brahma conferred the boon on him.

Mahishasuran, armed with his boon, began to commit atrocities and murders on the earth and terrorised people. Fearing his wrath, people ran away to far away places.



The Devas seeing the atrocities committed by Mahishasuran came to the conclusion that only a divine power could kill him and approached Chandikadevi (Mahishasuramardhini) pleading to put an end to Mahishasura who was misusing the boon given by Lord Brahma. Chandikadevi set out on her mission and killed Mahishasura in a duel, on earth.


Mahishi, daughter of Karamba, brother of Ramban undertook a severe penance in order to take revenge on the Devas, who were responsible for the death of her brother. Lord Brahma appeared and offered to confer on Mahishi any boon except that of immortality. Mahishi asked Lord Brahma to bless her with a boon by which nobody, except the son created out of the union of Vishnu (Hari) and Shiva (Haran), would be able to kill her. Lord Brahma gave the boon and Mahishi went to Devaloka and started harassing the Devas.


The Devas incurred the wrath of Durvasa Muni who cursed them. On the advice of Lord Mahavishnu that this curse could be removed only by administering Amrutham taken from Palazhi, the devas took it from the Palazhi, but the Asuras snatched it from them.

Lord Mahavishnu in the disguise of Mohini, went to the Asuras and got back the Amrutham and restored it to the Devas. When Lord Shiva, went to see Lord Mahavishnu who was in the guise of a Mohini succumbed to her beauty and out of their union, was born a child, who was name Dharmasastha. Dharmasastha grew at Kailasham. Lord Shiva, answered Rajasekara's prayer and ordered Dharmasastha to ake the avathar of Ayyappan . On the day King Rajasekara went for hunting in the forest, Ayyappan took the form of a baby with a golden chain and bell around his neck and placed himself near the Pamba river.

King Rajasekara went for hunting in the forest adjoining the banks of River Pampa, along with his men. He started hunting courageously in the dense forest which was a sanctuary for many wild animals. After that hunting was over, King Rajasekara advised his men to take rest and sat there entertaining himself with the sight of the natural greenish beauty and the waterfalls, of the forest.

At that time, he heard a child crying from somewhere in the forest. Surprised, he went round and reached the banks of River Pampa. There he saw a beautiful and divine child (i.e. Ayyappa) kicking its legs and crying out, and was in a dilemma whether to take the child to the Palace or leave it there itself.

While the King was engrossed in his thoughts, a Sanyasi appeared before him and told the King that he need not be afraid of the child and take him to the Palace and that the child belonged to Kshatriya dynasty capable of mitigating all sufferings. The Sanyasi further stated that since the Child had a gold bell around his neck, his name be called "MANIKANDAN" and when the child completed twelve years, the King would know his divine history. After uttering these words, the Sanyasi disappeared.


The King of Pandalam was very joyous, he took the child to his Palace and briefed the Queen about the incident. The King and the Queen, having prayed to Lord Shiva, for a child, were very happy that they had been blessed with a child. The people also felt happy that a heir to inherit the Kingdom after the King, has been found. However, the Diwan of the Kingdom who was thinking that he would be the next crown after Rajasekara was worried.

When the child, named Manikandan, began to grow in the Palace, everything began to prosper in kingdom. He was taught all martial arts and sastras and the Guru was surprised at his brilliance and agility and the extraordinary talents.


The Guru came to the conclusion that he was not an ordinary child, but a divine power. After completing his education under the Guru, Manikandan approached the Guru to offer his Guru Dakshina.When Manikandan went to his Guru for his blessings, the Guru told him that he already knew that he was a divine power and he was blessed for having been given an opportunity to have Manikandan as a student. The Guru further told Manikandan that he had one request to make and that was that his only son who was dumb should be given speech. Manikandan called the Guru's son and put his hands on his head and immediately Guru's son had his speech. Manikandan requested the Guru not to reveal this to anyone and went to the Palace.


In the meanwhile, the Queen gave birth to a male child and the child was named RajaRajan. King Rajasekara, impressed with the talents of Manikandan, decided to crown him, treating him as his eldest son. He ordered the Diwan to make arrangements for the same. The Diwan hated this and started devising plans to prevent Manikandan from being crowned to the throne and to annihilate him. He tried various methods including poisoning of food, but failed in all these. However, Manikandan's body bore an injury due to these and ordinary physicians could not cure it. Lastly, Lord Shiva disguising himself as a physician, treated Manikandan's injury and cured him.

Having failed in all his attempts to kill Manikandan, the Diwan approached the Queen and told her that she had her own son, it was not correct to crown a person who came from the forest. He further told the Queen since Arthasastra itself has justified any misdeed if it was done to extract a good thing, he would suggest that the Queen should pretend as if suffering from severe headache and stomach pain and he would make the physician tell that only a tigress' milk should be brought to cure the Queen and since Manikandan would only go to the forest to bring the milk, he would be in danger from the wild animals and even if Manikandan returned without bringing the tigress' milk, the King's love for him would not be as before. The Queen, became a prey to the Diwan's plot and agreed to do what he told, so that her son could succeed the King to the throne.



The Queen, as told by the Diwan, cried out loudly that she was suffering from severe headache and stomach pain and the King, believing this, called the Diwan to bring in the best physicians to treat her. The Physician, brought by the Diwan examined the Queen and told the King that the Queen had been suffering from a dangerous disease and it could be cured only by applying Tigress' milk .The King sent several of his men to the forest for bringing this milk. The King understood that it was an impossible task and wanted his dear Queen to be cured at any cost and offered half of his Kingdom to anybody who brought the Milk.



When the King was thinking about this, Manikandan asked him to let him go to the forest promising to bring the milk. However, the King told him that he was awaiting to be crowned to the throne that he was also not of age and hence refused to let him go. Manikandan told the King, in spite of his refusal, he had to go lest he would be cursed for not curing the Queen. Since the King persisted in his refusal Manikandan wanted the King to promise to do something he wanted. The King gave the promise and asked him what he wanted and immediately Manikandan asked the King to permit to go to the Forest. The King felt disappointed that he had been tricked and with no other alternative permitted Manikandan to go to the forest.



King Rajasekara made arrangements to send a group of his loyal men along with Manikandan, which however was refused by Manikandan on the ground that the tigress might run away seeing the crowd of soldiers. King Rajasekara sent along with Manikandan necessary foodstuffs and coconuts with three-eyes, in remembrance of Lord Shiva. The Panchabuthas, sent by Lord Shiva, accompanied Manikandan to Forest. However, on his way Manikandan, came to know the atrocities of Mahishi in the Devaloka, he went there and fought a battle with Mahishi. During the conflict, Manikandan threw Mahishi down to earth from devaloka and she fell on the banks of Azhutha River. Manikandan clashed with her at Azhutha river again.



At the end, of the battle between Mahishi and Manikandan at Azhutha River banks, Manikandan climbed up on her chest and danced violently. The impact of his dance was felt on the Earth and Devloka and the Devas were afraid. Mahishi knowing that the divine power dancing on her body was none other than the son of Hari and Haran, prostrated before Manikandan and died. This dance was witnessed by Lord Shiva and Mahavishnu from a place called Kalakatti. (It is said that Leela, daughter of Kavalan, a Maharishi, due to her husband's curse,was born as daughter of Karamban, with a face of Mahishi and freed herself from the curse and obtained Moksha by the grace of Shri Dharma Sastha, which is described in Sabarimala Temple as Malikapurathu Amma, by which name she has a temple there).



After killing Mahishi, Manikandan went to the forest for the tigress milk, when Lord Shiva appeared before him and told him that though he had done good for the Devas, still there was one main task and that was to give comfort to the King Rajasekara who was very concerned about him. Lord Shiva further told him that he could go to the Palace with Lord Devendran in the form of a tiger. With Manikandan on the tiger, all female devas in the disguise of a tigress and male Devas, as tigers started their journey to the Palace.

When Manikandan, with the tigers, approached the Palace, the people who ridiculed him when the started his journey to forest whether he wanted a toy tigresses, really got panicky seeing the violent bunch of animals and started running helter shelter.


Just then, the same Sanyasi who appeared before King Rajasekara when he picked up Manikandan at the forest as a baby, appeared again at the palace and told King Rajasekara the real identity of Manikandan. Hearing this, the King stood in great surprise and silence. He saw Manikandan riding a tiger and people running away. Seeing the King, Manikandan descended from the Tiger and told him that since the tigresses were there, he could get the Queen cured with their milk. King Rajasekara, fell at his feet and asked to forgive him for whatever happened without his knowledge, and asked him to send back the tigers as the Queens ailment had been cured the moment Manikandan went to the forest. On that day Manikandan reached the age of twelve.


King Rajasekara told Manikandan that the Diwan was responsible for all these things and hence he should be punished. However, Manikandan told the king that he need not punish the Diwan and all had happened only through the will of God and he told further that time had come for him to go to Devaloka since the task for which he took avatar himself on the Earth is completed.

Manikandan asked the King what boon he wanted from him and he was ready to give it as he was much pleased by his devotion. Immediately, King Rajasekara told him that they wanted to raise a temple in his memory and suggest a suitable place for the temple. Manikandan aimed an arrow which fell at a place called Sabari, where in Sri Rama's era a Sanyasini called Sabari observed Dhavam. Lord Manikandan told the King to build the temple in that place and then he disappeared.



As per Saint Agasthya's advise, King Rajasekara laid the foundation stone for the building the Sabarimala Shrine. Bhagwan Manikandan, had made it clear that he would grace only those devotees who offer Dharshan after performing Vritha for fortyone days keeping themselves isolated from family desires and tastes and leading a life like Brahmacharya, thinking of good things always, and that while coming for his darshan, they shall carry the holy irumudi on their heads, as the Bhagwan did when he went to the forest to fetch tigress milk, and bathed in River Pampa raising slogans of Saranam and climb the eighteen stairs.



As graced by the Bhagwan King Rajasekara completed building of the temple with eighteen steps to reach it. When the King was thinking how to put Dharmasastha's figure in the temple for darshan to devotees, he recalled the words of the Bhagwan, the River Pampa was a holy river as River Ganga, Sabarimala was a holy place as Kasi. Dharmasastha sent Parasuraman to Sabarimala who carved the figure of Lord Ayyappa and installed it on the day of Makarasankranthi, the day on which the Makara Jothi appears. Every year lakhs and lakhs of people throng to Sabarimala irrespective of caste or creed and adorn themselves with garlands and irumudis, chants slogans on Lord Ayyappa, bathe in holy river Pampa, climb up the eighteen steps and get the grace of Lord Ayyappa, the Dharmasasth.

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Pathinettam Padi (18 Holy Steps) and the Significance of the 18 Steps



Before one views the Sanctum Sanctorum, one has to climb over eighteen sacred steps. These steps are now covered with `Panchaloham' (a special composition of gold, silver, copper, iron and tin. Pilgrims initiate their ascent up the Pathinettam Padi by placing their right foot on the first step. The symbolism of these 18 steps is as follows:-

The first five steps symbolise the five human senses (Panchendriyas) i.e. visual (vision), auditory (hearing), olfactory (smell), gustatory (taste) and tactile (touch). These signify the `mortal' nature of one's body.

The next eight steps symbolise the eight Ashtaragas viz, Kama, Krodha, Lobha, Moha, Madha, Maltsarya, Asooya, Dhumb (Love, Anger, Avarice, Lust, Pride, Unhealthy Competition, Jealousy and Boastfulness).

The next three steps stand for three Gunas or Thrigunas (nature-born qualities) i.e. Satva, ( perspicuity, discernment) , Rajas (activity, enjoyment) and Thamas (inactivity, stupor).

The last two steps represent Vidya (Knowledge) and Avidya (Ignorance).

Sunday, October 11, 2009

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Pooja Information



The Gold covered doors of the Sanctum Sanctorum (Srikovil)

Information about Poojas

Nirmalyam - This pooja includes 'Asthabhishekham' using 'vibhuti', milk, honey, 'panchamrutham', water of tender coconut, sandal paste, water. 'Thrimadhuram' is then placed before the idol. After that 'Neyyabhishekham' is performed.

Usha Pooja - Ground and squeezed 'payasam' is the offering to the idol. If 'Uadyasthamana' pooja is also scheduled for the day, fifteen poojas are conducted before 'Usha Pooja'. For all these fifteen poojas, the nivedyam is ground and squeezed 'payasam'.

Ucha Pooja - This pooja is conducted with twenty five 'kalasams'. 'Nivedyam' is 'Aravana and 'vella'.

Deeparadhna - 'Nivedyam' is 'vella'.

Athazha Poojka - 'Nivedyam' is 'appam', 'paanakam', and 'vella'.

Rates for Various Abhishekham/Poojas/Offerings

Sannidhanam (updated as on 22 Nov 07)

Rs

Padi Pooja (by prior booking)

30001:00 - (2019 next booking date).

Udayasthamana Pooja (by prior booking)

20,001:00 (2013 next booking date)

Ganapathi Homam

61:00

Usha Pooja

501:00

Ucha Pooja

2001:00

Nithya Pooja

2501:00

Asthothararchana

15:00

Muzhukkapu

301:00

Thulabharam

51:00

Laksharchana

1001:00

Sahasra Kalasam

10,001:00

Utsava Bali

5,001:00

Vibhooti Prasadam

07:00

Neyyabhishekham

05:00

Sahasranama Archana

15:00

Pushpabhishekham

1001:00

Appam (one Pkt of 7)

20:00

Aravana

50:00

Adiyashishtam Neyyu

25:00

Asthabhishekham

751:00

Thanga Angi Chartu

6001:00

Neerajanam

61:00

Ayyappa Chakram

50:00

Vella Nivedyam

5:00

Panchamrutham

5:00

Sarakara Payasam

7:00

Poojicha Mani

60:00

Swaranabharana Pooja

10:00

Ucha Pooja

2,001:00

Pampa Ganapathy Temple

Pushpabhishekham (Items to be provided by the devotee)

1001.00

Muzhukappu

301.00

Kettunira (Items by the temple)

160:00

Vidyarambham

101.00

Vadamala(For Hanuman)

65.00

Ganapathi Homam

61.00

Neeranjanam

61.00

Choroonu

61.00

Kettunira (Items to be provided by the devotee)

46.00

Archana

15.00

Aval

10.00

Modakam (Packet)

10:00

Thiru Mittam Kettunira

10.00

Malikappuram Temple

Bhagavathi Seva

151.00

Navagruha Pooja

61:00

Swayamvara Pushpanjali

15:00

Sahasra Nama Archana

15:00

Ashtothararchana

15:00

Aval Nivedyam

10.00

Udayada Nadakku Vechu Charthu

07.00

Vella Anki Charthu

2501:00

Malikappuram Udaya Charthu

05:00

Malavadi Pooja

04.00

Navagruha Neyvilakku

03.00

Malar Nivedyam

03.00

Manjal - Kumkum Prasadam

03.00

Nilackkal Mahadeva Kshetram

Ganapathi Homam

51:00

Jaladhara

15:00

Muzhukappu

86:00

Ara Kaapu

55:00

Aravana

30:00

Appam (A packet of eight)

20:00

Archana

10:00

Sahasranama Archana

15:00

Mala Pooja

10:00

Choroonu

25:00

Mala Chathu

05:00

Vidyarambham

15:00

Parayidil

65:00

Pooja Veyppu

05:00

Pal Payasam (one quarter litre)

15:00

Payasam (one quarter litre)

20:00

Kavadi Nira

15:00

Kettu Nira

10:00

Bhasmam Charthu

37:50

Vella Nivedyam

08:00

Karuka Homam

24:00

Rudradishekham

09:00

Neerajanam

20:00

Mruthunjaya Pushpanjali

15:00

Namaskaram

15:00

Pushpanjali

15:00

Padi Pooja: Booking of Padi Pooja is done by depositing Rs 25,001 with Devaswom Board authorities. The availability of dates will have to ascertained from them. Usually, the dates for the next ten to fifteen years will not be available as they would have already been booked. The details of pooja items to be made available for Padi Pooja must be ascertained from the Thantri. Flowers, flower garlands, coconuts, camphor, sambrani, Kalasa Thuni, Silk strip to cover the `Patinettam Padi' are some of the important items that must be brought by the devotee. Clothes to be worn by Thantri, Mel Santhi, Parikarmikal, Mela Group etc have to be provided by the devotee. Appropriate 'dakshina' for these individuals who will be conducting the ceremony will also have to borne by the devotee.

Udyashtmana Pooja: This pooja is booked by deposting Rs 15,0001 with the Devaswom Board. The availability of dates must be ascertained from Devaswom Board. There are 18 poojas during this ritual. It starts with Usha Pooja. Before Ucha Pooja, 17 poojas would have been completed. There will be 'deeparadhana' and 'nivedyam' for each of these poojas. For this, the temple doors have to be closed and opened repeatedly. This interferes with the flow of pilgrims during peak periods. Hence, this pooja is conducted only on certain pre-defined days when the crowd flow is expected to be comparatively less. Udayasthamana pooja concludes with 'atazha pooja'. Clothes to be worn by Thantri, Mel Santhi, Parikarmikal, Nivedyam preparation group etc have to be provided by the devotee. Appropriate 'dakshina' for these individuals will also have to borne by the devotee.

Sahasra Kalasam, Pushpabhishekham, Laksharchana, Kalababhishekam: These can be booked with advance notice of approximately one month. Booking charges for Sahasra Kalsam is Rs 5001 and the ritual is conducted over two days. Sahasra Kalasam pooja will be performed on the first night and the Sahasra Kalabhabhishekham will be performed on the afternoon of the second day. The items to be brought for these rituals can be obtained from the Thantri.

Booking charges for Laksharchana and Pushpabhishekam is Rs 501. List of items to be provided need to be obtained from the Thantri. Clothes to be worn by the Thantri, Mel Santhi etc have to be provided by the devotee along with appropriate 'dakshina'.

Please note: The charges mentioned above are for booking of pooja. The actual cost for performing the pooja may work out to a very much higher amount in some cases.

For eg...a simple Pushpabhishekam may involve a total outlay of nearly Rs 6,000 to Rs 7,000. A Kalabhabhishekham may involve a total outlay of nearly Rs 10,000 to 15,000 (or more).

To book these poojas, the requisite amount has to be paid in advance. Demand Draft, payable at Thiruvananthapuram , is to be made out in favour of:-

The Executive Officer
Sabarimala
Travancore Devasom Board
Nanthancode
Thiruvananthapuram
Kerala 695001
India
Phone : +91 471 2310319
Phone (Sannidhanam): +91 4735 222026

On the days when the temple is open, the Executive Officer will be available at Sannidhanam. All correspondence needs to be made directly with Travancore Devaswom Board.

Sabarimala Temple - Opening and Closing Dates

Name of Festivals

Opening (English)

Time
Hrs

Closing (English)

Time
Hrs

Monthly Pooja

15 Nov 08

1700

26 Dec 08

2300

Mandala Pooja Begins

16 Nov 08

1700

2300

Mandala Pooja Festival Day

26 Dec 08

1700

2300

Temple closes

26 Dec 08

2300

Temple re-opens for Makaravilakku

30 Dec 08

1700

Makaravilakku Festival Day

14 Jan 09

1700

Makarasankrama Abhishekham

0600 AM

Temple closes

20 Jan 09

0700 hrs, after the visit of Pandalam representatives.

Temple opening

12 Feb 09

1700

Temple closing

17 Feb 09

2300

Temple opening

14 Mar 09

Temple closing

19 Mar 09

2300

Ulsavam

29 Mar 09

08 Apr 09

Thrikodiyettu

30 Mar 09

Arattu - Meenam Uthram

08 Apr 09

Temple closes

08 Apr 09

2300

Meda Vishu Festival

10 Apr 09

1700

Vishu Darshanam

14 Apr 09

Temple Closes

18 Apr 09

2300

Monthly Pooja opens

14 May 09

1700

Temple closes

19 May 09

2300

Monthly Pooja

01 Jun 09

1700

Temple closes

02 Jun 09

2300

Temple opens

14 Jun 09

1700

Temple closes

19 Jun 09

2300

Temple opens

16 Jul 09

1700

Niraputhari

27 Jul 09

Temple closes

21 Jul 09

2300

Temple opens

15 Aug 09

Temple closes

20 Aug 09

2300

Onam Opening

31 Aug 09

1700

Thiruvonam Pooja

03 Sep 09

1700

Temple closes

04 Sep 09

2300

Temple opens

16 Sep 09

1700

Temple closes

21 Sep 09

2300

Temple opens

16 Oct 09

1700

Temple closes

21 Oct 09

2300

Temple Opens

18 Oct 09

1730

Temple Closes

Temple Opens

16 Nov 09

1700

Temple Closes

Next Makaravilakku Day

14 Jan 2010

Latest Update of 16 Nov 08, from Travancore Devaswom Board

  • Except on the dates mentioned in 'green' colour, the 'Nada' will open at 1700 hrs.
  • On other days, except from 31 Dec 08 to 14 Jan 09, the 'nada' will open at 0400 hrs and the 'nada' will be closed after completion of the non pooja. It will re-open at 1700 hrs.
  • From 31 Dec 08 to 14 Jan 09, the 'nada' will open at 0300 hrs.

Though Travancore Devaswom Board is trying its level best to provide all amenities to the pilgrims, due to severe rush the facilities may not be enough. Hence pilgrims are requested not to overstay at the temple premises. Boarding facilities are not enough to cater to the heavy rush of pilgrims. Devotees are requested to leave Sannidhanam at the earliest time after darshan and other rituals.

Prasadam coupons (aravana, appam, abhishekham and modhakam) will be available through all branches of the Dhanalakshmi Bank Ltd.

16 Nov 08

Ghee Abhishekham - During Mandala Pooja Festival 2008-09

Due to large crowds of pilgrims, these timings are subject to changes depending on the convenience of the temple authorities

Morning - From 0400 Hrs till 1130 hrs.
Closes at 1300 hrs.
Evening - From 1730 hrs.

Last time for Neyyabhishekam has not yet been ascertained.
Harivarasanm at 2300 hrs.
25 Nov 97


Earlier, the main temple Ulsavam was being held during December every year which is in the midst of the peak pilgrimage session. The Ulsavam rituals necessitated the temple being closed for various durations thus preventing an opportunity for a `darshan' for many pilgrims.

Hence, commencing from the year 2006, it has been decided to hold the Ulsavam during the period 2nd April to 16th April every year.

Some of the events that take place during the main festival in April
(Exact dates and times for these events will be ascertained later)

  • Prior to the Utsavam, Shudhi Kriyas consisting of Prasada Shudhi, Vaastu Bali, Vaastu Punyaham, Mulayidil will be performed.
  • Bimba Shudhi Kriyas consisting of Chathu Shudhi, Dhara, Panchakam, Panchagavyam and 25 Kalasam will be performed.
  • Kodiyettam (Temple Flag Hoisting) will be conducted during Makara Rasi. On Kodiyettam day, no Neyyabhishekham will be performed from 0700 hrs. It will re-commence after Kodiyettam.
  • Sribhutha Bali will be performed.
  • Utsava Bali will be performed. The Lord will be taken to special mandapam for the Utsava Bali. The ceremonies will commence at about 1300 hrs and will be over by about 1600 hrs. Utsava Bali darshan will be from 1400 hrs. On these days.
  • Palli Vetta will be undertaken.
  • Villkku Ezhunallipu.
  • Arattu to Pampa.
  • As the Siveli Vigraham will be away at Pampa on the Aarattu day from morning till evening, temple darshan will not be possible till the Vigraham returns to the temple after the Aarattu.

Standard Schedule of Rituals at Sabarimala Temple

During Makaravilakku season, the temple opening is at 0300 hrs and closing at 2300 hrs. So some of the pooja timings will shift up and down. Essentially, this is the trend of events.

Standard Timings

Actual Timings during the Mandala Pooja - Makaravilakku Season

Opens at

0400 hrs

0400 hrs

Nirmalya Darshanam

0405 hrs

0405 hrs

Neyyabhishekam

0430 - 1130 hrs

0425 -1130 hrs

Ganapathi Homam

0435 hrs

0430 hrs

Usha Pooja

0730 hrs

0730 hrs

Ucha (Noon) Pooja

1230 hrs

1300 hrs

Closes at

1300 hrs

1330 hrs

Opens at

1600 hrs

1600 hrs

Deeparadhana

1830 hrs

1830 hrs

Pushpabhishekham

1900 hrs

1900 hrs

Athaza Pooja

2230 hrs

2230 hrs

Harivarasanam and Closing at

2250 to 2300

2250 to 2300 hrs

Notes from Ayyappa Seva Sangham:-

Pilgrims who have not undergone traditional `vrutham' are prohibited from carrying `Irumudi' or climbing the holy `Pathinettam Padi'. They should use the side entrance.

On the first day of any session, the temple opens at 1730 hrs.

Singing of ``Harivarasnam' and closing of the Sanctum Sanctorum doors takes place at around 2230 hrs.

Devotees coming to Sabarimala on pilgrimage should be aware of the traditional religious practices, related to the temple, and should abide by these. Only pilgrims with Irumudi Kettu will be permitted to climb `Pathinettam Padi' (Holy Eighteen Steps). Women in the age group of 10 to 50 years will not be allowed `temple darshan' and they will not be permitted to go beyond Pampa. Police check post exists at Pampa to enforce this.

As per the orders of the Kerala High Court, in order to prevent environmental pollution, usage of carry bags made of plastic, polythene etc are strictly prohibited in Pampa area and all roads/paths to `Sannidhanam' and surroundings of `Sannidhanam'. Smoking is also strictly prohibited in the above areas. Production / carriage / distribution / consumption of alcoholic / narcotic substances are also strictly prohibited. Those found guilty would find themselves in serious trouble with the law enforcement/excise authorities.

All pilgrims are humbly requested to co-operate with Devaswom Board Authorities and Akhila Bharatha Ayyappa Seva Sangham authorities for the successful and orderly conduct of the festival as well as maintenance of the sanctity of the pilgrimage.