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Ayyappan

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INR 16,750

The Legend of 'Lord Ayyappa'

Ayyappan' refers to a senior and respectable guardian deity of the oldest community. Ayyappan also known as Dharmasasta, Maṇikandanor Sasta, is a Hindu deity who is the son of Harihara, fused with both Shiva and Vishnu. He is generally depicted in a yogic posture, wearing a jewel around his neck, hence named Manikanda, which literally means "person with gem around the neck".Ayyappan is known as "Hariharasutan" because he is the son of Hari (Vishnu), the saviour and Hara (Shiva), the destroyer. His most common name is "Manikandanhan" because when the king Rajasekara Pandiyan of Pandalam found little Ayyappan in a forest there was a "Mani" tied around his "kanṭha" (neck, in Sanskrit). 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 Guru 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.

Product ID: AY - 1945

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INR 16,750
Ayyappan