CLOSE
CLOSE AD

Who Is Lord Ayyappan?

  • 07 Jan 2020
Who-Is-Lord-Ayyappan

Sabarimala is a famous pilgrimage destination in Kerala, India for devotees who take immense delight in having a small glimpse of Lord Ayyappan's statue. A huge crowd from all over the world visits this temple yearly to show their devotion to their beloved god. 
 

The Legend Of Lord Ayyappan


Lord Aiyyappan, also known as Hariharan Puthiran is the son of Lord Shiva and Mohini, the avatar of Lord Vishnu. He, who inherited both Shiva and Vishu's superpower was incarnated with the sole purpose of slaying Mahishi, the sister of Demon Mahishasuran.


Mahishi who was determined to avenge the death of her brother secured a boon from Lord Brahma that only the offspring of Vishnu (Hari) & Shiva (Haran) could slay her. She then began terrorizing the Devas.

Lord Ayyappan was left by both Lord Shiva and Vishnu, to be adopted by childless King Rajashekhara of Pandalam. He was named Manikandan.

The Queen gave birth to a male child later on. The King, who realizes that the miracle is linked to Manikandan's divinity and decided to make him the heir to the throne.

However, the Queen who wanted her own son to be the heir to the throne plotted an evil plan and convinced everyone that she's ill and can only be cured with the application of tigress' milk.


Bound by his duty as a son to his mother, Manikandan entered a dense forest in the search of tigress milk and slew Mahishi. He realized that he has served his life purpose and proceed to the palace by riding on a tigress.

Realizing the Queen's malicious plan, the King begged the 12-year old Manikandan for forgiveness, who in return reminded the King that he had accomplished his task and would return to Devaloka. 

Before departing, he offered to grant a wish to the King and the King conveyed his wish to build a temple for him. Manikandan aimed an arrow which fell at Sabari. He then asked the King to construct a temple there before disappearing.

The King completed the construction of the shrine and the sacred eighteen stairs leading to the temple. The statue of Lord Ayyappa was carved and installed on the day of Makarasankranthi, a day which marks the first day of the sun's transit into Makaram.


Image credit: DNA India, Hindu Blog and Starsai



Suggested Articles

The-7-Major-Chakras-And-The-Symptoms-Of-Their-Blockage Lifestyle
ARTICLE
  • 26 Oct 2020

The 7 Major Chakras And The Symptoms Of Their Blockage

The imbalance of chakras in our body can cause various physical and mental conditions. Here's how to identify them...

Enjoy-the-Thrills-and-Chills-With-Turn-On-The-Screams-on-Astro Entertainment
ARTICLE
  • 22 Oct 2020

Enjoy the Thrills and Chills With ‘Turn On The Screams’ on Astro

Enjoy the best Hollywood, Asian and local thrillers with ‘Turn On The Screams’ on Astro First, Astro Best, On Demand Store and Astro GO, this October!

Vinmeen-HD-Brings-You-Malaysia-s-First-Tamil-Pet-Series-A-Cooking-Show-With-a-Difference-in-November Entertainment
ARTICLE
  • 20 Oct 2020

Vinmeen HD Brings You Malaysia's First Tamil Pet Series & A Cooking Show With a Difference, in November

Malaysia's first Tamil pet series, and a cooking show with a difference are new HD contents that await Tamil viewers in November, on Vinmeen HD (CH 231). 

Break-Those-Bad-Lifestyle-Habits-and-Start-Living-Healthy Lifestyle
ARTICLE
  • 20 Oct 2020

Break Those 'Bad Lifestyle Habits' and Start Living Healthy

Put your willpower to the test with these four basic habits for a healthy lifestyles that everyone should diligently practice...

The-Health-Benefits-of-Tulasi Lifestyle
ARTICLE
  • 19 Oct 2020

The Health Benefits of Tulasi

Tulasi is the “Queen of Herbs” and the most sacred herb in India! These are the benefits of the herbal plant...

Why-Navarathri-is-Celebrated-for-Nine-Days Lifestyle
ARTICLE
  • 17 Oct 2020

Why Navarathri is Celebrated for Nine Days?

What do these 9 days signify? Well, that's why you are here, to find the answers!