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Sabarimala – More of a reality than a myth

The logical history of Sabarimala is linked to the mythical history of Lord Ayyappa. It would be an arduous effort to find out the border at which the myth crosses over to reality and vice versa. Nonetheless, both the logical and mythical histories have their own significances.

Sabarimala – The myth

Sabarimala was once under the regime of the Pandalam dynasty. So there can’t be a mythical history for Sabarimala without the mythical histories of Lord Ayyappa and Pandalam dynasty.

Lord Ayyappa, the deity of Sabarimala had his human sojourn at Pandalam as the adopted son of the King of Pandalam. It is believed that the King of Pandalam, who didn’t have an offspring to assume his throne, got a baby from the banks of the river Pampa. The king heard an oracle that he should take the baby to his Palace and that the baby will show the intent of his birth at 12. Because the baby had a bell tied in a string around his neck, he was called Manikandan; meaning a person who has a bell around his neck. At 12, he would be known as Ayyappa. The King took the baby home and the Royal Family accepted the child as the Prince. But after some time, the Queen delivered a baby and the attention of all except the King in the Royal Family switched to the new born baby. The Minister in the Royal Palace told the Queen that unless Manikandan was thrown out of the Palace, her own son could not become the next King. He was playing on her jealousy. It worked out.

According to the directives from the Minister, the Queen pretended to have fallen ill. The Royal Family doctor prescribed her the milk of leopardess. It was also a trick of the Minister. He knew that Manikandan would take up the challenge. As expected, Manikandan went to the forest in search of leopardess-milk, despite resistance from the King. He was around 12 now. In the forest, in a fierce battle, he killed the demon queen Mahishi, who used to attack and kill the people and their cattle. She was even feared by the Gods. After she was killed, all the Gods praised and worshipped Manikandan. Knowing the intent of Manikandan’s visit, the King of the Gods, Indra, transfigured into a leopardess and the rest of the Gods joined them, as leopards. Manikandan climbed on top of the leopardess and led the way back to the Royal Palace.

Everyone was surprised to see the Prince coming with a group of leopards. Ayyappa took rest underneath a banyan tree. The Queen and the Minister were now frightened and confessed to the King about their misdeeds. Finally, the King came out himself with others to welcome his son to the Palace. Manikandan forgave the misdeeds of his mother, the Minister and others. Despite demands from the King that Manikandan should take over as the King of Pandalam, he nominated his younger brother to follow his father. He then took the King to the forest and told him that the intension of his human sojourn was complete and that he had to leave now. He then blazed away an arrow toward a hill. He asked the King to construct a shrine for him where the arrow alighted. He also requested his father to come annually to visit him at the shrine. Thus he gave up his human life and his divinity entered Sabarimala. Parasuram, another incarnation of Lord Mahavishnu, built the idol of Ayyappa and the architect among the Gods, Viswakarma built the temple in the Sabarimala (Sabari hills) at the place where the arrow alighted. This is the myth about Lord Ayyappa.

Sabarimala – The reality

The Pandalam Royal Family has its roots in Tamil Nadu. The members of the Pandalam Royal Family are descendants of the Pandya dynasty of Madurai. The Pandya Kings fled to today’s Kerala in two groups, after losing the battle against Malik Khafer, the General of the then Delhi Sultan Alauddin Khilji. One group settled down in Punjar (Kottayam Dist) and the other in Pandalam in 1202 AD. The then ruler of Venad helped them establish the Kingdom of Pandalam. The Kingdom of Pandalam extended to over 1,000 square miles. The royal family of Pandalam belongs to the 'Bhargava Gothra' while other Kshatriya families in Kerala belong to the 'Viswamithra Gothra'. Secularism was one of the prime principles of Pandalam dynasty and they helped the other religious followers to build a mosque at Kadakkad and a church at Kudassanad. It is also believed that those who settled down in Pandalam had sympathies toward the Buddhist beliefs.

There is no clear evidence as to when did the pilgrimage to Sabarimala begin. After the instauration of the temple, it left unreached for about three centuries. One of the Kings in the later generation rediscovered the traditional paths to reach Sabarimala. He had many followers with him, including the descendants of the Vavar family. They refreshed their resources at Erumely and this marked the beginning of the famous Petta Thullal at Erumely. They laid down their arms at the place today known as Saramkuthy. Those who are on their maiden visits to Sabarimala thrust arrows at this place. The temple was then renovated. In 1821 AD, the kingdom of Pandalam was added to Travancore. 48 major temples including the Sabarimala temple were also added to Travancore. The idol was erected in 1910. The temple conflagrated in 1971 and underwent a major revamp.

The history behind the worshipping methods

The customs of the pilgrims to Sabarimala are based on five worshipping methods; those of Shaivites, Shaktists, Vaishnavites, Buddhists and Jainists. At first, there were three sections of devotees – the devotees of Shakti who used meat, liquor and other drugs to worship their deity, the devotees of Vishnu who followed strict penance and continence, and the devotees of Shiva who partly followed these two methods. It was then that the Buddhists and Jainists entered, spreading the concepts of Ahimsa. Another name of Lord Ayyappa is Sastha which means Buddha. This is a prime example of the reach of the Buddhist beliefs to this part of the world. All these can be seen merged into the beliefs of pilgrims to Sabarimala. The chain the pilgrims wear comes from the Rudraksha chain of the Shaivites. The strict fasting, penance and continence is taken out of the beliefs of the Vaishnavites. Ahimsa is taken from the Jainists. The constant and repeated utterance of prayers reminds one of the Buddhists. The offering of tobacco to Kaduthaswamy can be considered to be taken from the Shaktists.

Those who decide to go to Sabarimala need to observe strict celibacy. The procession of Malikappurathamma to Saramkuthy and her return without any exuberance shows one the patience, endurance and mental strength a man can achieve. The ghee filled coconuts in the blazing fire hearth symbolizes the burn off of one’s selfishness. A bath in river Pampa stands for driving away the sins one committed in his life.

Where humanity scores over myth and logic

The striking significance of the beliefs about Sabarimala is the absence of the touch-me-not-ism among the upper castes of Hindus. All are equal before Lord Ayyappa. Even the deity and the devotee are known by the same name – either Ayyappa or Swamy. This is the only such belief in the entire world.

Through the observation of strict penance, fasting and continence, one learns to control his senses. He gives up his lust and other human desires. He remoulds himself. On reaching his destination, he realizes the meaning of Thathwamasi – ‘That is You’. Thus he recognizes the enormous power, restraint and resilience from within.

Another importance which is more relevant these days is the oneness of diverse religious beliefs. It is one temple in the world, with doors open to all, whatever be their beliefs. The triumvirate of Ayyappa, a Hindu; Vavar, a Muslim and Kochu Thomman, a Christian speaks volumes for this factual truth. It is here that Sabarimala becomes more of a reality than a myth.

Sreejith Kumar G
sreejithkg@gmail.com
http://sreejithkg.blogspot.com

Submitted by Sumesh (not verified) on Sat, 2008-01-12 13:14.

It is one temple in the world, with doors open to all
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So is the world made of only one sex?

MakarJyoti
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Can anybody cite the publications of the studies conducted?

Submitted by Ravi (not verified) on Mon, 2008-01-14 18:26.

Hi,

This is a good and informative article tahnk you for bringing this up

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Mon, 2008-01-14 19:25.

ഏതോ ഒരു ആത്മകഥയില്‍ ഇക്കാര്യത്തെ സംബന്ധിച്ച്‌ വിശദമായി എഴുതിയതായി ഓര്‍ക്കുന്നു, പക്ഷെ ഏത്‌ എപ്പോള്‍ എന്നുമാത്രം ഓര്‍മ്മയില്ല്യ. ഒന്നുറപ്പ്‌, പ്രകൃത്യാ ഉണ്ടാവുന്നതല്ല മകരജ്യോതി. അതറിയുന്നവര്‍ പുറത്തുപറയില്ല്യ. കാരണം “മകര്‍ജ്യോതി”യുടെ(വിശ്വാ‍സത്തിന്റെ) ആവശ്യക്കാര്‍ ധാരാളമുണ്ട്‌ എലക്ട്രിസിറ്റ്യ് ബോറ്ഡ് ജോലിക്കാരയാലും പോലീസുകാരായാലും ഇക്കാര്യം മറച്ചുപിടിക്കുകയേ ഉള്ളൂ. “വികാരം” ഹനിക്കപ്പെടാതിരിക്കണമല്ലോ!
അതിനാല്‍ തന്നെ ഇതിന്റെ സത്യം പുറത്തുവരുമെന്ന്‌ പ്രതീക്ഷിക്കേണ്ട. അറിഞവര്‍ തന്നെ അറിയാത്തവരായി നടിക്കുകയും നടക്കുകയും ചെയ്യും...

Submitted by Mukesh (not verified) on Wed, 2008-01-16 06:45.

Hi Sreejith,

I'm Really impressed by your Article on this Sensitive topic.. IT was well balanced well written off... good Job...

Submitted by anil.K.S (not verified) on Sat, 2008-01-26 11:44.

makarajyothi is nothing but a myth. It used to be a fire lighted by the temple authorities earlier. Once the temple is taken by the Devaswam board, it is done with the help of police and electricity board. Many people know about this. As you are aware, no-one is permitted inside those regions, at the time of jyothi. Once when a rationalist society, tried to investigate this in situ, they were beaten back by the protectors of the religion.
I myself am a devotee of Ayyappa, but I dont need any such gimmicks to believe, No one questions this as it brings tremendous amount of money to temple and government..

Submitted by ANIL (not verified) on Sat, 2008-01-26 11:51.

NDTV Correspondent
Thursday, January 11, 2007 (Ponnambalamedu)
Makaravilakku or the festival of divine light at Sabarimala draws the second largest number of pilgrims in the country.

Devotees say the appearance of the light three times is a miracle but some say it is a set up.

Every Makar Sakranthi at 6.30 pm the summit of a hill opposite the Ayyappa temple lights up.

Government broadcasters Doordarshan and All India Radio cover the annual event live.

The divine light or Makarajyothi draws a million devotees according to the Devaswom Board, which runs the temple management.

Pilgrims stream in from several states, some of them hold on to vantage positions for several days to witness the event.

"A light appears on the hill, it's a miraculous thing and that is why pilgrims are coming," says the President of Tranvancore Devasnom Board Raman Nair.

Not a miracle

A former employee of the Kerala State Electricity Board (KSEB) Shivananda claims the light is not a miracle.

"When I got transferred to the Pampa division of KSEB near Sabarimala, I got an opportunity to actually see this light being lit in 1981," he said.

"A Devaswom Board assistant engineer Karunakaran Nair, two policemen and two labourers had come there. They had one or two kilograms of camphor and an aluminium vessel. The light was lit by a KSEB driver VR Gopinathan Nair," Shivananda explains.

This version of the light is widely known in Kerala but rarely discussed.

Devasnom Minister G Sudhakaran says, "nobody has examined it, government never inquired into it, we are not planning to inquire into that because that is related to the faith of devotees for hundreds of years."

"As far as the temple is concerned as far as the belief is concerned it is not good for the government to inquire " Sudhakaran said.

But as the pilgrims increased in the mid-eighties the enterprise drew in more personnel and resources including a large contingent of police making it harder to conceal.

Till the early 1980s igniting the light was confined to a small group of KSEB employees who helped the Devaswom Board.

Another former KSEB employee says, "when I went there in 1986, the police had completely cordoned off the area. They let in only a few people whom they knew well. Officials from Devaswom Board lit the light".

Closely guarded site

A forest road runs from Vandi Periyar, 100 kms from Kottayam. Of Kochu Pampa, midway to Sabarigiri hydel project a mud track goes inside the reserve forest.

The forest department closely guards the road. The key to a barricade on the road is with the nearest forest check post a couple of kilometers away.

The forest department reportedly opens the barricade and lets Dewasom and police officials into Ponnambalamedu where the miracle is set up.

"Makarajyoti is the biggest ritualistic fraud in the country which has disastrous social and ecological impact," Dr PM Rajan Gurukkal, director of the School of Social Sciences said.

"On that day many people remain in vulnerable positions unmindful of the danger to see the state sponsored magic. The core of the whole activity is commerce. It generates a lot of money and a miracle attracts a lot of people".

In 1999 a stampede among pilgrims gathered to see the light left 52 people dead.

Submitted by Saravanan (not verified) on Tue, 2008-02-19 12:48.

Good narration... interesting

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Tue, 2008-06-17 18:13.

it is guruvayour that yesudas isnt allowed to enter, not sabarimala. please check facts before wrting to avaoid misleading people. thank you

Submitted by Sunil -UAE (not verified) on Sun, 2008-10-05 14:47.

A very informative writing on Ayyappan.
But when I went through the comments I found that a lot of people fight with each other on small issues. Whats the need of that .If one beleives then its ok & if one does not, then also its ok.
If we would have used our efforts in some productive issues then it would have been good for the MANKIND.

Submitted by Karthik Hemachandran (not verified) on Tue, 2008-12-16 01:06.

I would like to thank Mr.Sreejith for the informative article about Sabarimala.
But before I forget I would also like to ask u not to provide wrong information to the people who read the posts and your article.
What I am trying to indicate here is that the point where you said that Dr.K J Yeshudas sings the "Harivarasanam".Its true that he sang a version of the "Harivarasanam" which is put on loud speaker in the sannidhanam.What I am trying to say here is simple.The "Harivarasanam" which Lord Ayyapan listens to before sleeping is sung for him by the Mel Shanthi and not Yeshudas.The "Harivarasanam" which was written by Kulatoor Iyer is sung to the Lord by Mel Shanthi.The Recorded version sung by Yeshudas is just for the devotees to listen to.
Hope I made my point over here clear.Any comments and sugessions are welcome.I am a GuruSwami my self and any queries regarding the Sabarimala can be asked over here.I will try to clear all ur queries to the best of my knowledge.

SWAMI SHARANAM
AYYAPA SHARANAM

Thank You
Karthik Hemachandran

Submitted by Rohin (not verified) on Fri, 2008-12-19 07:39.

Hello,

Swami,

I know all people talk about Makara Jyothi and want to make a statement in Blog sites that they know the reality,which may be or may not be.Its speculation,no one is ever met the person,who saw the camphor being lit or who was trying to perform Jyothi.I dont disagree,neither I agree.There should be an evidence,its been so many years,that people throng to experience divine Jyothi,there is always a probability of getting to know the truth.The priest who agreed that it was artificial is also only in Blog sites,no one has ever seen the interview in papers or tv.Me being a doctor,educated,blah blah but I believe in Lord Ayyappa,I would not agree neither disagree with Jyothi,I would just wait for an evidence,till then,I am happy believing its divine Jyothi and I dont think its going to harm me or the nation.I dont think so,civil swami,should also crib about it.Its a good thing,swami,with all their mind,body and soul devote to lord for 41 days,its tougher than any other religious practice.It helping the person who is doing it in everyway,why to disturb a belief which is doing good and spreading the message of brotherhood.I am happy being a sincere devotee of Lord Ayyappa,I would encourage others also to experience the joy of this spiritual experience.You will not know,till you don't do it.You only live once and this is the time.

Lastly,I would ask one question,how would anyone explain about the star,Uttiram,which is seen minutes before Makara Jyothi,is not there normally,not man made,cannot be artificial.......any answers???

Swamiye Saranam
Saranam Ayyappa.......................Swamiye Saranam Ayyappa..........

God bless all....................

Submitted by Mahesh (not verified) on Wed, 2008-12-24 14:15.

One can say "Makarajyoti is the biggest ritualistic fraud in the country", might be its a real thing, then i would like to ask one thing that where from the STAR coming from, is it artificial one, and also what about the "KARUDA". which is come at the time of "thiruvabaranam" which is reaching the temple. Any body having explanation for these two things??????????

Submitted by Vinod Nair (not verified) on Thu, 2009-01-15 15:44.

Very informative articles. Thanks to Sreejith and others.

Submitted by ajit (not verified) on Thu, 2009-01-15 16:36.

Sreejith, Interesting history of the temple. Religion is just tradition and culture but it seems commerce has quickly overtaken that. The makaravillaku is a fraud and despite the expose, belief is blind. The temple authorities are also content as revenues have crossed 100 crores this year. I would not waste my time anymore by visiting temples or other places of worship which are all part of the industry of religion, whatever that religion maybe.

Submitted by Ajit (not verified) on Thu, 2009-01-15 16:43.

Sreejit, while your article is informative, your views on the benefits of fasting and abstinence is mere grand mothers heresy. There is absolutely no proof that going off non veg makes you less fat. It is the reduction total calories that make one lose fat. One month of limiting any intake does not help your health at all. It is all about long term lifestyle choices. But religion is not required for that. Commonsense based on scientific evidence is what is required with a healthy dose of critical thinking.

Submitted by Ajit (not verified) on Thu, 2009-01-15 16:47.

The STAR is always there like there are so many in the sky. They just focus on that on that day. The eagle is just a trained bird and its easy.

Submitted by Sreejith Nath (not verified) on Wed, 2009-03-25 13:51.

Ajith,
Average life time of an eagle is 20 to 25 years and as far as I know, an egale(sri krishna paruthu) is following thiruvabharanam on that day, at least for 100yrs.So its not easy to train an Eagle every 20 years to follow the thiruvabharanam all the way to sabarimala.I think this make sense to you.

Submitted by Jivan swami (not verified) on Tue, 2009-04-28 23:11.

Hi Ajith,
you are doing a very good job by answering everyone's question....I don't understand why people give more importance to Jyoti....when they are noticing Nakshatram & Garuda comes automatically...

Swamiye Saranam Aiyappa !!!

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Wed, 2009-04-29 12:18.

I agree with you friend... Worshiping idols is the lowest stage of spirituality.... A worshiper [bhakthan-[ഭക്തന്‍]] must be a seeker of spiritual knowledge and he/she must be in search of Truth according to the Vedas... Most of us don't know this fact... We think its simply actions.... Acting has to do nothing with spirituality but it can provide health.. [in the present context we need to check, up to what extent it works.!] Spirituality is some thing personal [s/he can search it/get it him/her self only]... As we attain higher spiritual knowledge, our mentality, attitudes, vision, all about us as well as others must change..[will change]... Now here is no spiritual improvements at all... All are simply copying the actions.... No one knows what they do, why they do... Its so pity I think... According to Bhagvad Geetha [ഭഗവദ് ഗീത], "one who act with out knowing what s/he is doing actually, is simply a donkey who carries what ever placed on its back"... So there must be improvements... Spiritual improvements... Here I would like to remind you about the VISHWA ROOPA DARSHANAM [വിശ്വരൂപ ദര്‍‌ശനം] of Krishna... Its not merely showing another big-figure... Arjuna sees actually the whole world in that... He even sees himself on that... What does it mean.? Nothing but What we see around us is nothing but what we consider as God... That is called "non-duel vision" or Adwaida Darshanam [അദ്വൈത ദര്‍ശനം]" by all the Vedas.... This will be the vision after realizing great spiritual knowledge... Without knowing, or at least thinking about all these, how one can say that I'm a true worshiper.? If we know these truths, no communal violence would be happened here, no Man Gods would be here, no selfish mentality and thus no poverty would be here... These are the aims of all religions... Still there are people who fight for 'their religion'.... Damn.... I pity on them..... All religions teaches the lessons of humanity... First of all be a real human, then all else...
**PLEASE NOTE**ദയവായി ശ്രദ്ധിക്കൂ**
>There may be objections.. These are all My Own personal views/opinions/observations and Simply it's not at all my intention to hurt any one with my words ... I'm really sorry if any of my word hurt you......
എതിര്‍പ്പുകള്‍ ഉണ്ടാവാം.. ഇതെല്ലാം എന്റെ വ്യക്തിപരമായ വിലയിരുത്തലുകളാണ്... ആരേയും, ഒരു തരത്തിലും വേദനിപ്പിക്കുക എന്റെ ഉദ്ദേശമല്ല...
>"WE" here simply means the whole people in public...
"WE" എന്ന പ്രയോഗം പൊതുവായി എല്ലാവരേയും ഉദ്ദേശിച്ചാണ്...

thank you... നന്ദി...

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Wed, 2009-04-29 12:20.

Worshiping idols is the lowest stage of spirituality.... A worshiper [bhakthan-[ഭക്തന്‍]] must be a seeker of spiritual knowledge and he/she must be in search of Truth according to the Vedas... Most of us don't know this fact... We think its simply actions.... Acting has to do nothing with spirituality but it can provide health.. [in the present context we need to check, up to what extent it works.!] Spirituality is some thing personal [s/he can search it/get it him/her self only]... As we attain higher spiritual knowledge, our mentality, attitudes, vision, all about us as well as others must change..[will change]... Now here is no spiritual improvements at all... All are simply copying the actions.... No one knows what they do, why they do... Its so pity I think... According to Bhagvad Geetha [ഭഗവദ് ഗീത], "one who act with out knowing what s/he is doing actually, is simply a donkey who carries what ever placed on its back"... So there must be improvements... Spiritual improvements... Here I would like to remind you about the VISHWA ROOPA DARSHANAM [വിശ്വരൂപ ദര്‍‌ശനം] of Krishna... Its not merely showing another big-figure... Arjuna sees actually the whole world in that... He even sees himself on that... What does it mean.? Nothing but What we see around us is nothing but what we consider as God... That is called "non-duel vision" or Adwaida Darshanam [അദ്വൈത ദര്‍ശനം]" by all the Vedas.... This will be the vision after realizing great spiritual knowledge... Without knowing, or at least thinking about all these, how one can say that I'm a true worshiper.? If we know these truths, no communal violence would be happened here, no Man Gods would be here, no selfish mentality and thus no poverty would be here... These are the aims of all religions... Still there are people who fight for 'their religion'.... Damn.... I pity on them..... All religions teaches the lessons of humanity... First of all be a real human, then all else...
**PLEASE NOTE**ദയവായി ശ്രദ്ധിക്കൂ**
>There may be objections.. These are all My Own personal views/opinions/observations and Simply it's not at all my intention to hurt any one with my words ... I'm really sorry if any of my word hurt you......
എതിര്‍പ്പുകള്‍ ഉണ്ടാവാം.. ഇതെല്ലാം എന്റെ വ്യക്തിപരമായ വിലയിരുത്തലുകളാണ്... ആരേയും, ഒരു തരത്തിലും വേദനിപ്പിക്കുക എന്റെ ഉദ്ദേശമല്ല...
>"WE" here simply means the whole people in public...
"WE" എന്ന പ്രയോഗം പൊതുവായി എല്ലാവരേയും ഉദ്ദേശിച്ചാണ്...

thank you... നന്ദി...

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Wed, 2009-04-29 12:22.

I agree with you friend... Worshiping idols is the lowest stage of spirituality.... A worshiper [bhakthan-[ഭക്തന്‍]] must be a seeker of spiritual knowledge and he/she must be in search of Truth according to the Vedas... Most of us don't know this fact... We think its simply actions.... Acting has to do nothing with spirituality but it can provide health.. [in the present context we need to check, up to what extent it works.!] Spirituality is some thing personal [s/he can search it/get it him/her self only]... As we attain higher spiritual knowledge, our mentality, attitudes, vision, all about us as well as others must change..[will change]... Now here is no spiritual improvements at all... All are simply copying the actions.... No one knows what they do, why they do... Its so pity I think... According to Bhagvad Geetha [ഭഗവദ് ഗീത], "one who act with out knowing what s/he is doing actually, is simply a donkey who carries what ever placed on its back"... So there must be improvements... Spiritual improvements... Here I would like to remind you about the VISHWA ROOPA DARSHANAM [വിശ്വരൂപ ദര്‍‌ശനം] of Krishna... Its not merely showing another big-figure... Arjuna sees actually the whole world in that... He even sees himself on that... What does it mean.? Nothing but What we see around us is nothing but what we consider as God... That is called "non-duel vision" or Adwaida Darshanam [അദ്വൈത ദര്‍ശനം]" by all the Vedas.... This will be the vision after realizing great spiritual knowledge... Without knowing, or at least thinking about all these, how one can say that I'm a true worshiper.? If we know these truths, no communal violence would be happened here, no Man Gods would be here, no selfish mentality and thus no poverty would be here... These are the aims of all religions... Still there are people who fight for 'their religion'.... Damn.... I pity on them..... All religions teaches the lessons of humanity... First of all be a real human, then all else...
**PLEASE NOTE**ദയവായി ശ്രദ്ധിക്കൂ**
>There may be objections.. These are all My Own personal views/opinions/observations and Simply it's not at all my intention to hurt any one with my words ... I'm really sorry if any of my word hurt you......
എതിര്‍പ്പുകള്‍ ഉണ്ടാവാം.. ഇതെല്ലാം എന്റെ വ്യക്തിപരമായ വിലയിരുത്തലുകളാണ്... ആരേയും, ഒരു തരത്തിലും വേദനിപ്പിക്കുക എന്റെ ഉദ്ദേശമല്ല...
>"WE" here simply means the whole people in public...
"WE" എന്ന പ്രയോഗം പൊതുവായി എല്ലാവരേയും ഉദ്ദേശിച്ചാണ്...

thank you... നന്ദി...

Submitted by nisha (not verified) on Tue, 2009-06-09 16:00.

Dear Bee,
i would like to bring it to your kind notice that Yesudaas was denied entry at Guruvayoor temple,not at Sabirimala as u said.

Submitted by Rajasekhar Vishnudas (not verified) on Mon, 2009-08-10 22:21.

Sreejith your research and findings are great and it should be highly appreciated as it brings out the real spirit of the temple . The sabarimala was a seat of Sidha learning and the temple also faces palani the 18 sidhas the 18 hills the 18 steps all co relate to sidha tradition the panchamrit is also a medicianal mix formulated by sidhas. and the palabishekam is connected with Sidha Pulipani who rides on a puli...

Submitted by Rajasekhar Vishnudas (not verified) on Mon, 2009-08-10 22:31.

Makarajyothi signifies the rise of Kundalini power which is perfected by the Practice of higher mediatational techniques and is lit to focus the kundali power of the devotees to a point which in turn rises the internal energy in our brain and is well described by thirumoolar in his work called thirumanthiram ( Tantram 1, 130 ). It was done by the sidha yogis or by the tribal natives in earlier times and the practice lost it roots when development evicted the natives from their land or during the time when the temple was in a neglected stage...the temple should be preserved in its original structure and the nature should be untouched only then we will understand the real spirit of Sabarimala as Knowing more and more about nature is spirituality...the sidha way

Submitted by kris (not verified) on Thu, 2009-08-13 01:01.

i think yesudas was not allowed in guruvayur but not in sabarimala.

Submitted by Raj (not verified) on Mon, 2009-10-12 15:05.

The joy I get by visiting Sabarimala is just beyond words. I do not know why. Perhaps, I am blessed with faith. I feel the presence of God there. Now, if you don't believe in God, you will feel nothing like that. When I visit Vavar, memories of various little muslim brothers who were my childhood friends come to me. We were not aware that we 'have different religions an ddifferent Gods then'. The world was then a nice, new place for all of us. At sabarimala, however hard I have tried, I have never been able to pray for myself. I can pray only for man. I refuse to accept any special treatment at Sabarimala for that would dilute the bliss I get. I feel like laughing at them when I see young 'VIPs'breezing past by, while 80 or 90 year old 'non-VIPs' patiently wait in a queue. The commercialization at Sabarimala can be stooped if everyone refuses to accept any special treatment or 'darshan for money' options. Swamiye saranamayyappa!

Submitted by Ayyappa (not verified) on Mon, 2009-10-12 15:08.

I believe in Ayyappa. Many devottes got blessings.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Mon, 2009-10-12 15:12.

Your argument is just rhetoric. It is not open to young women and it won't be. Most women honor it as a custom peculiar to that temple. There are similarly, some customs, some temples where poojas are performed by women...men do not crib against it because honoring those customs does not make men lesser to women. These things have nothig to do with eqaulity of the sexes if that is what you intend....if not pointing out a 'typo' error to the writer.

Submitted by pradheep (not verified) on Fri, 2009-11-13 17:52.

There is a lot of debate on the authenticity of the makara jyothi and about not admitting women in Sabarimala.
Please see this link for explanation.
http://veda.sakthifoundation.org/sabarimala-1.htm

Submitted by kishore kumar p s (not verified) on Tue, 2009-11-17 15:29.

Swami Saranam,

first i would like to thank Sreejit for a nice article and when i was reading the comments i felt many of the arguments funny, like makara jyoti may be its man made, may be we do not focus on the star every day and may be the bird is trained. but have u guys really understood some thing about this. is sabarimala yatra about watching a fire in the sky at a specific time, i dont think so i mean u can see it live in many TV channels now. its about a life style and accepting the inner self of ur self. The makara jyoti symbolises the inner fire of devotion, knowledge and the presence of god. I don’t think people would not go to sabarimala if its proven that it’s a man made which I don’t think it is, as its easy to comment on a event and its very common to see those attention mongers saying all things about events they don’t know. I read some one claiming to be a electricity department man seeing people going to make the jyoti with some camphor, please note that even the british who ruled india for so long have tried to know if its man made and they were not able to prove it, don’t forget india was ruled by non hindus for a long time and at that time there was no huge commercial activity at sabarimala.

The story behind ayyappa’s life cannot be proven and same would be the case with any religion and any place of worship which is in existence for more than 1000 years. As some one wanted to know the truth and some one commented he would not waste his time going to temples, I would just ask him why did he waste his 1 min of time reading this article and commenting on it. I feel every one would like to know more about him self and I don’t think only religion and devotion can show you that and science can ever give you all answers of life.

Some one wrote idol worship is the lowest form of worship, I would like to know if there is any other form of worship other than idol worship, because I know some religions and specially some sects have this concept of non idol worship but even they have some form of structure in their temples. If some one knows better I am all ears to learn.

I have visited sabarimala last year as kanni swami and right now I am in mala and would be visiting sabarimala this year also and I am sure beyond any doubt that visiting sabarimala gives you a divine feeling and u feel god there.

Swami Saranam

Submitted by kishore kumar p s (not verified) on Wed, 2009-11-18 11:49.

Dear Friends,

i my earlier post there was a typo error. in the end of the second para, i typed don't where i was supposed to type do.

i apologise for this.

the final line in 2nd para would be as follows

I feel every one would like to know more about him self and I do think only religion and devotion can show you that and science can ever give you all answers of life.

Swami Saranam

Submitted by Gireesh (not verified) on Fri, 2009-11-20 13:34.

Dear Mr.Sreejith
It is true that Harivarasanam sung by Yesudas is played in the night. But for riual purpose it is sung by the temple personnel everynight.

Gireesh

Submitted by Ramani (not verified) on Fri, 2009-12-04 19:11.

Could someone enlighten as to who established this temple of Aiyappa at Sabarimala? And what is the significance of MakaraJyoti?

Thanks

Submitted by Human Being (not verified) on Fri, 2009-12-04 20:44.

AYYAPPA is not GOD, however the way he left all riches for some betterment of people is really adorable(and therefore he deserves the status of GOD, there is a difference b/w status of GOD and GOD). The true meaning of JYOTHI is after 40 days of VRAT a bhakta is enlightened to see a divine himself, that is, transiting from animal to HUMAN BEING. I love this VRATHAM cos everyone is SWAMI and you can see hardly someone fighting or quaralling.

Another friend said idol worship is the lowest of spiritual, u pray anything it will reach the LORD, see the beauty of LORD Ayyappan, both non-believers and believers are talking about Ayyappa.

However, you believe or you dont believe, Ayyappa sits there inviting 5 crore piligrims to his abode.

Animal :a human with KAMA - KRODHA - LOBHA - MOHAM - MADAM - MATSARYAM is ofcourse an animal.

Submitted by sharildas (not verified) on Mon, 2009-12-07 00:08.

I am a very recent reader of the article.,.,but fantastic.,.,keep it up .,.,let us discuss and share the divinity.,.,spirituality and the truth in the rituals and believes on sabarimala.,.,.let us leave aside the money value and the income sources.,.,and the images of the money eaters aside b coz this will end up no where.,.,.,the pilgrimage should get the feel for what he is in search in this divine place.,.,he gets that,.,.,.The swamy should understand the sophiscated rituals and the meaning that enlights into his daily life.,.,Done so the truth and the belive hold strong.,.,.,
Lets not include the notes of religious debates.,.,lets not count the income and the banks.,.,lets spiritualise the feel .,.,and brong it into the daily lifes of our century.,.,

Submitted by sharildas (not verified) on Mon, 2009-12-07 00:14.

I totally agree with you comments.......

Submitted by sharildas (not verified) on Mon, 2009-12-07 00:32.

You believe or you do not believe.,.,.lets try it out this way now.
In a complete one year.,.,For a month or for a count of 41 days lets give up our anxiety,.angerness,.,wishes and dreams of colour the hardness in our talk and food.,.lets settle down to the nude human with no extra effects of our inventions .,.,/Here we are in Vratham.,.,
Lets take it as the blind belief of a devotee or as an daily routine change in the life of an Athiest for his diet controll or stress release programmes.
whatever it might be this behaviour within the human tends to enjoy the december cold in the morning with a fresh cold bath he tends to gain purity in his metabolism..,.,.he tends to be liked or respected by his folks for his good deeds for the days.,.,.,
Lets enjoy the trip to sabarimala to see ayyapa as and adventures trecking.,.,.,or for the holy devotees as an suffer of pains to attain the love of god.
whatever it might be its nice to be a swamy for an year.,.,

Submitted by Velu (not verified) on Tue, 2009-12-08 22:16.

Hi sir

i visted this holy places but its not the way u said when 1 person who is a VIP coming to this temple other devotees says to wait for a long time but that is not fair.............

Submitted by sharildas (not verified) on Fri, 2009-12-11 03:34.

Regarding your concern, yes its right when its told that every human being is one in the eyes of god, however in this fast world of technology there are certain people who is been ranked VIP since heir time is precious and productive(it never means that our time is not). Might be a Minister, a scientist, a police officer etc .,so its not wrong to allow them early for the DARSHANAM. But to get the Darshanam, coming in an copter and landing upon the Patinettam padi never meet their thirst to attain the spirituality in the Darshanam. Its just like saying ''an Oasis is waiting for one who have walked a long way in the desert''.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Tue, 2009-12-22 17:18.

i like this article truely touched my heart...
but i want know the 18steps in shabarimala have 18 thathwas...can anyone explain it to me...please..

Submitted by Sreejith Kumar (not verified) on Wed, 2009-12-23 03:48.

Thanks to all people who gave their thoughts on the article. It is nice to see that a healthy discussion is coming up here. Being the writer of this article, I would like to state my opinion on a few things that came up during the discussions here.

I am a supporter of the development activities taking place at and around Sabarimala. We need good roads, good transportation, good health care facilities, good hotels, and good staying places for the devotees. At the same time, it is not a good option to go for the modernisation of traditional beliefs. I strongly condemn the VIP darshan area where actors, sportspersons, and politicians are allowed to line up so close to the deity! Unfortunately, our governments have transformed this place in such a way that they now promote bhakthi for ensuring higher-than-last-year revenue. Some controversies were also pivotal in staining the credibility of the priests and temple beliefs.

Submitted by Karthik (not verified) on Mon, 2009-12-28 20:57.

Hi Sunil

if you want something to be shared to the world, use universal language and be open to good thoughts. If you say, to know about Ayyappan, you should know Malayalam, then it means you are forcing Malayalam on baktha jana (Ayyappanmar's). I don't feel it is right.

If you feel this is a site in malayalam for malayalam, then everybody write in Malayalam, we will not read it atleast. Not to hurt you just want to say, don't force anything and also be open. Atleast when it is related to god. Cas God is for all - Anybody in the world.

Submitted by sakthivel (not verified) on Fri, 2010-01-08 14:40.

Total Fake data. Well fabricated fake information....

Submitted by Muralidhar (not verified) on Sat, 2010-01-09 00:38.

Dear Friends,

Nice to know the debatable topic of Lord Aiyappa (Swamiye Saranam Aiyappa) has made way to know more about the Lord.

Before we mention as Facts about Sabarimala, we need to have enough evidence to show them as Facts.

I have travelled only 7 times so far to Sabarimala, however, with the conversations I have had with the Guruswami-s who have travelled 36 times and some even more than 40 times to the shrine, I have collected some information to answer some of the questions. Hope, everybody agrees to the same.

Sastha and Aiyappa are one and the same, but two different births. Sastha took avatar from the powers of the Trinity to restore Dharma on Earth and was supposed to be Brahmachari in his avatar. The Female Trinity to oppose this they gave avatar of a Female Goddess (Unfortunately I do not remember the name of the Goddess) and thus Sastha broke his penance of Dharma. When He was reminded of his Duty by the Trinity, he apologized to the Goddess. But the Goddess insisted stating that Sastha has married her, Sastha gave her the shaapam of being born as Rakshasi, who in the future birth was born as Leela and later got the title of Mahishi.

Vavar, was not a pirate. Due to the mischievous activities of the Manthri of the then Pandalam Rajya was looting the wealth of the public. Vavar interfered by looting from the wealthy people including the Manthri himself and fed the poor and the needy. When Aiyappa was sent for a war against Vavar, Aiyappa found the truth and passed the details to the Raja of Pandalam. And hence, Vavar became the Chief Commandent in Aiyappa's Army, Also said, that all the pilgrims visiting Sabarimala, would pay their first respect to Vavar Swamy.

Please correct me if I am wrong

Swamiye Sharanam Aiyappa

Submitted by Harry (not verified) on Mon, 2010-01-11 19:46.

I completely agree with above statement.

All other temples in the world should follow Sabarimala. Everybody should be treated at par in the temple premises. Let them poor or rich.

Submitted by Rajesh (not verified) on Tue, 2010-01-12 16:40.

A Garuda, the Brahaman kite, follows this ornaments-carrying procession, hovering about in the sky, After these ornaments are worn on the Lord the bird circles the temple in the sky three times and disappears.

A Star(Uthram Nakshathra) that can never been seen in the sky appears on the day of Makarajyothi before the sighting of the Jyoti. A Jyoti is seen for a little time on the hill top showing the presence of Swamy Ayyappan gracing his devotees. "SWAMIYE SARANAMAYYAPPA"

I doubt whether KSEB can make a Garuda follows this ornaments--carrying procession and a Star appear in the Sky

Submitted by Manoj Nair (not verified) on Thu, 2010-01-14 13:16.

Get your facts straight. Yesudas makes the pilgrimage to Sabarimala. He has NEVER been refused entry to Sabarimala. Moreover 'Harivarasanam' sung every day at the close of the temple was rendered by him! Check your facts before writing!

Submitted by Prasanth S (not verified) on Thu, 2010-01-14 17:01.

I donot know why people are behind Makara jyothi!! I din find any claim by anybody or even govt to say its an automatic Jyoti!!! But Non beleivers are hell bent in first advertising its an automatic light and then proving its not.. All Hindus consider "deeparadhana" darshan of every diety auspicious. Later they take energy from the deepam after the Puja. Cant we all see this makara jyoti as a Jyoti lighted ( automatically or manually) during the deparadhana time in Sabarimala!!! Actually it doesnt matter!!! Just pray ...Swamiye Saranam Ayyappa!!!

For No beleivers, better subject would be Krishna Parundhu circling in the sky during the traditional petta kettu and in different stages of Thiruvabharanam every Year. The Govt with great difficulty arranges water and aravana in Sabarimala, i don think they will spend time in sending a bird. So just pray..Swamiye Saranam Ayyappa!!!

As for somebodies question regarding the old temple of Sabarimala, i think it was in ponnambalamedu where the jyoti appears..So i think its the Deepa aradhana happening in an auspicious time of makara sankranthi both in the old and New temple. I hope non beleivers will allow this small wisdom of light to enter their mind and beleivers to see the jyoti more clearly. I am a firm beleiver of Ayappa!!!

Submitted by girish (not verified) on Thu, 2010-01-14 22:50.

Dear Frnd,

There is a temple we can see on the traditional way to sabarimala from erumeli. Its a small temple named "VAVARU SWAMY TEMPLE". But am not remembering the exact name of that place. How ever there is a temple for him.

Submitted by suraj (not verified) on Fri, 2010-01-15 15:13.

Hi,

As with any faith there will be controversy, I have been hearing a lot about makarvillaku. I've never been to sabarimala however I never miss this event televised. Are we still living with the claims of policemen lighting camphor or KSEB officials helping in doing this or is there some history behind this celestial light.

regards,

suraj