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Sabarimala temple is a famous temple in South India which is located in the state Kerala. See the website1. Many people visit the temple every year during the pilgrim season. Swami Ayyappa is the deity here and all except women between 10-50 age group can visit the temple with 41 days vratha is strictly followed.

The biggest difference from other temples is that here the devotees are called by the same name as the deity; that is both are called Swami Ayyappa(Lord Ayyappa). Why are the devotees also called by the same name as the God?

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You can see a quote which is showing in front of temple , "tatwamasi" . This simply means that "It's you". The concept of adwaitha (non-duality) shows here. By saying the same name "Ayyappa" together, it shows that we all, including the lord Ayyappa, are equal. The same Brahman exist in each and everyone of us.

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    Why is it done in Ayyapa temples alone and not in temples of other deities? – Bharat Jun 26 '14 at 17:23
  • Lord ayyappa considered as the supreme knowledge in Vedanta. – Kiran RS Jun 29 '14 at 7:33
  • @KiranRS I would like to a citation for the claim that Ayyappa is condiered supreme knowledge in Vedanta. – Vineet Menon Jan 31 '15 at 6:23

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