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Ok I Agree Learn More. Download APK By the 20th century, there has been an increase in the number of worshipers of Ayyappan from many different groups, spurred by vast improvements in transport and communication in southern India. Ayyappan's annual festival is a time of pilgrimage for ever-growing numbers of men from throughout South India.
The most prominent and famous Ayyappan shrine is the one at Sabarimala, in the hills of Pathanamthitta in Kerala, with over ten million devotees visiting it every year, making it one of the largest pilgrimage sites in the world.
These devotees fast and engage in austerities under the leadership of a Periya Swami one who has undertaken the pilgrimage to Sabarimala for 18 years for weeks barefoot and then travel in groups to the shrine for a glimpse of Ayyappan. Bus tickets are hard to obtain for several weeks as masses of elated men, clad in distinctive ritual dhotis of saffron, black and light blue colors, throng public transportation during their trip to the shrine.
The name "Sri Ayyappan" is used as a respectful form of address in Malayalam and Sanskrit. The equivalent of Sri is "Thiru" in Tamil. In ancient, the term Ayyan or Aiyan is a title of respect and the term Appan - which also means father - refers to senior members of the community as a mark of respect.
Thus Ayyan and Appan put together - Ayyappan - refers to a senior respectable guardian deity of the community. There are varied arguments that the cult is so ancient that the deity represents Nature itself, which was the only matter of worship then, and that they personified Nature as Ayyappan and named him so with terms denoting respect. There is also a belief that the deities of Ayyappan and Aiyanar are one and the same as the divine consorts of Ayyappan are called Poorna and Pushkala whereas those of Aiyanar are called Poorani and Porkamalam Golden Lotus.
Ayyappan is also known as Hariharasutan - son of Hari and Haran in literal translation - because he is the son of Vishnu, also called Hari, and Haran, another name of Lord Shiva. He is also called Manikantan because when the king Rajasekara Pandiyan of Pandalam found little Ayyappan abandoned in a forest there was a Mani tied around his kantam - meaning neck in Malayalam. Swamy Ayyappan Namaskara Slokam Swamy Ayyappan Namaskara Slokam 1. VideoBuddy - Youtube Downloader 1.
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