Uthrada Sadhya at Sabarimala on 13 Sept 2016 at Sabarimala Sannidhanam.

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Akhila Bhuvana Deepam Bhakta Chittabdha Pooram, Suraganapathi Sevyam Tattvamasyadhi Lakshyam, Hari Hara Suthameesham Tharaka Brahma Roopam, Shabarigirinivasam Bhavayae Bhoothanatham.

SABARIMALA LORD AYYAPPAN A HISTORICAL REALITY.

Sabarimala Dharmasastha Temple,the most famous and sought after shrine of Ayyappa devotees, the world over , the only one where the deity is identified with Ayyappan is believed to have been consecrated by Lord Parashurama as the third among the five depicting Dharmasastha in the various ashramas of life.At Kulathupuzha He is worshipped as Balakan or a little boy,at Ariyankavu as a Kumaran or youth accompanied by his consort Pushkaladevi ,at Achenkoil as Grahasta or the householder flanked by Poornadevi and Pushkaladevi ,at Sabarimala as a Vanaprastha immersed in caeseless meditation,on the verge of sanyasa and at Kanthamala or Ponnambalamedu as a sanyasin.

The earliest reference to Sabarimala can be found in the Ramayana, as Mathangamala where Mathanga muni’s hermitageis believed to have existed.Later his disciple Shabari did penance here,and that spot is revered today as Shabaripeetam.It is also believed that Shabari was consumed by her Yogagni or the fire of her penance,at the spot where the old Bhasmakulam stood in Sannidhanam.The earliest reference to the birth of Shasta can be found in the Skanda Puranam,from the Palazhimathanam or the churning of the ocean of milk story ,whence the Saiva Vaishnava powers crystalize into the effulgent form of Shasta .

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SABARIMALA

Sabarimala Dharmasastha Temple,the most famous and sought after shrine of Ayyappa devotees, the world over , the only one where the deity is identified with Ayyappan is believed to have been consecrated by Lord Parashurama as the third among the five depicting Dharmasastha in the various ashramas of life.

Sree Dharma Sastha

Shasta’s birth finds mention in the SkandaPurana.Bhoothanatha puranam,an ancient Sanskrit text also recounts the circumstances of the birth of Shasta .

Manikandan

Vijaya Brahmanan,the earlier incarnation of Pandala Raja of Pandyan descent gets the Vishwaroopadarshanam of Shasta near the urakkuzhitheertham.

Sastha Worship

The concept of Shasta worship needs to be clearly understood ,as even today bhaktas are unclear whether Ayyappan and Shasta are one and the same.

Lord Ayyappan

Identified with Ayyappan is believed to have been consecrated by Lord Parashurama as the third among the five depicting Dharmasastha in the various ashramas of life.

FAMILY

The hereditary chief priests of Sabarmala called Tantris, who are the virtual custodians of the ritualistic worship at Sabarimala come from this illustrious family.

Thazhmon

It is believed that they were conferred these rights by the Pandala Raja ever since the Sabarmala temple was consecrated in its present form.

Pandalam

The story of Shabarimala and Lord Ayyappa is intrinsically linked to the little kingdom of Pandalam where Lord Ayyappa spent his childhood

Travancore

The kingdom of pandalam which included among other tracts of forest lands and temples,the famed Sabarimala shrine of Ayyappan was pledged to Travancore

Related To Ayyappa

There are some related families with ayyappa, such as puthenveedu of erumeli, alangad yogam, cheerapanchira, ambalapuzha yogam, edakkatti vavar..

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