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Questions tagged [ayyappa]

Lord Ayyappan or simply Ayyappa (also spelled as Ayappa) is a popular Hindu deity worshiped mainly in South India. Ayyaappa is believed to be born out of the union between Lord Shiva and the mythical enchantress Mohini, who is regarded as an avatar of Lord Vishnu. Therefore, Ayyappa is also known as 'Hariharan Puthiran' or 'Hariharputhra,' which literally means the son of both 'Hari' or Vishnu and 'Haran' or Shiva.

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Can anyone explain about lord Ayyappa irumudi kattu?

Devotees visiting the Sabarimala Temple carry with a specially designed bag with two compartments called Irumudi Kattu. I need to know more about that which is followed for many years. Can any one ...
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Do any scriptures mention what would happen if temple restrictions are not followed?

The Supreme Court allowed the entry of women in the Swami Ayappa Temple at Shabarimala and ever since then a lot of protests have erupted in Kerala against the decision. One of the points that is ...
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Why Lord Ayyappa Vratam or Mandalam is done only in few months?

Why Lord Ayyappa vratam or mandalam done only during Karthika masa or generally from September - January? I know even temple is generally opened during this period. Is there any reason or shastra ...
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Does the 48 day mandala vratam of Ayyappa devotees have a scriptural basis?

I understand they wear a garland and remain celibate for 48 days for this vratam. Is it mentioned in scriptures?
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What is the significance of Lord Ayyappa's sitting posture?

Lord Ayyappa is mostly shown as sitting in a peculiar posture. Like shown in the images given below: When i checked his Dhyana Sloka in order to find out whether this posture is any particular ...
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What is the difference between Lord Ayyappa and Sri Dharma Sastha?

I've often seen the names, Lord Ayyappa and Sri Dharma Sastha. Lord Ayyappa is the Son of Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu (Mohini).But what are the differences between them? Are Lord Ayyappa and Sri Dharma ...
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Can I do exercise and dumbbells at home during swami ayappa diksha? [closed]

Most of Hindu sites and devotees giving different replies to this question. please give correct answer. I have habit of exercises and dumbbells at home(not gym). Diksha name: swami Ayyappa diskha ...
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Question about Swami Ayyappa and Mahishi's time period

I have few confusions about Swami Ayyappa story - In movies it is shown that when Ayyappa goes to forest to bring Tiger milk that is the time he kills Mahishi. But King of Pandalam is of this yuga (...
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What is the story of Mahishi?

You may be familiar with God Ayyappa. He is also known as Manikanta. He is the main deity of Sabarimala temple. He took the incarnation to kill the demon Mahishi who is the sister of Mahishasura. She ...
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Is Lord Ayyappa the Hindu God of growth?

Certain websites like http://www.mythologydictionary.com/ mention that Ayyappa is the god of growth but I don't understand what type of growth is that. Wikipedia just says that he is an avatar of ...
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What is Ayyappa and Hanuman god of?

Shiva is the god of Destruction,Vishnu is the god of preservation and Brahma is the god of creation.Durga is the goddess of power,Lakshmi is the goddess of wealth and Sarawati is the goddess of wisdom....
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Do any scriptures apart fom Sabarimala Sthala Purana foretell the birth of Ayyappa?

One of the most popular religious destinations in the world is the Ayyappa temple in Sabarimala; it gets far more visitors per year than Tirupati and the Vatican combined! The story of the temple ...
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Why do Swami Ayyappa images have Namam symbol on the forehead?

Why do swami Ayyappa images seem to have Namam symbol on the forehead? Is there any story behind that? He is the son for both Hari and Hara so shouldn't pattai be applied to swamy's forehead?