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Ayyappan or Sastavu or Sasta is a Hindu deity who is accepted as an incarnation of Dharma Sasta, the posterity of Shiva and Vishnu (as Mohini, his main female avatar). He is for the most part portrayed in a yogic carriage, wearing a gem around his neck, therefore got his name Manikandan.


As the story goes, Lord Ayyappa had his human visit on earth as the offspring of Raja of Pandalam. Around that time, Raja Rajasekhara led the kingdom of Pandalam. During one of his chasing endeavors, the Raja was baffled to hear the cries of a child on the banks of the stream Pampa and was startled to discover a radiant newborn child there. The infant with a brilliant face had a dab ('mani') around his neck. The King, who was religious, humane and God fearing had no children. He acknowledged the rendezvous as God's generous reaction to his intense prayers for a successor to his throne.

Manikantan, as he was named, developed into a kid with inclination towards academics and warfare techniques. As time passed the Rani conceived a child. The King however accepted Manikantan as his senior child. He chose to crown him as the Yuvaraja. One of the he King's Ministers had a profound hate for Manikantan, and made the pure Queen accept that something ill might occur for her if Manikantan was declared as Yuvaraja and that the kingdom actually belonged to her son.

They planned to kill Manikantan by hiring a criminal and paid off one of the well-known maids to turn into their aid. The Rani claimed to be suffering from extreme pain in the stomach, and as planned the maid recommended the milk of a tigress as the main cure. The King realized that no one could be trusted with a mission that was obviously so dangerous. The young and brave Manikantan stepped forward and volunteered to get the milk.

Days after, Manikantan entered the castle regions riding a wild tigress and followed by a pack of its cubs. The planners of the plot were scared and admitted their evil conspiracy. Everyone now realized that Manikandan was no normal human being. They were convinced of his heavenly source and prayed for his blessings to be bestowed on them for the security of the kingdom and salvation. The ruler was overwhelmed with this kind act of god and appealed to Him for benevolence and endowments of Manikantan.

The most noticeable and celebrated shrine of Ayyappan around the world is the sanctum at Sabarimala, in the highlands of Pathanamthitta in Kerala. Every year the temple is frequented by thousands in excess of 30 million pilgrims, which actually makes it one of the biggest journey destinations on the planet.

Sree Ayyappa Temple, Rohini

One can visit the Ayyappa Temple in Rohini. The foundation of this temple was laid by the auspicious hands of Brahmashree Thazhamon Madam Kantaru Rajeevaru Thanthri. It was laid on 9 March, 1997. Strict astrological calculations were followed while positioning the sacred idols. On the basis of calculations done, a decision was taken to place an idol of Lord Ayyappa in Dhyana Mudra. This was done along with Lord Ganesh and Malikappurathamma (Durga). The honour of the astrological calculations here go to the temple’s astrologer Shri Edavalam Narayanan Nampoothiri. The noted Temple Sculptor Shri Kanippayoor Krishnan Nampoothiri conceived the design of the temple.

Shri Chengannore Sadasivan Achari casted the Panchaloha Vigraha of Lord Ayyappa and idols of Lord Ganesh and Malikappurathamma in Granite.

The name Sri Ayyappan is used in a respectful manner in the Malayalam and Tamil dialects. The Malayalam, Telugu and Tamil sentence Swamiye Saranam Ayyappa could be interpreted as, ‘Oh Ayyappa! I look for shelter in you’.

There are many important festivals celebrated at Ayyappan Temple of Rohini. An Annual Festival is held from 1-6 April every year. Some other festivals are Sree Ayyappan, Prathishta Dinam (Medam – Aswathi Star), Painguni Uttram, Mandala Pooja, Makara Sankrama Pooja, Meda Vishu, Sree Ganapathi Vinayaga Chathurthi and Sree Durga Navarathri.

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