Story of Ayyapa Swami and his beloved devote “Chirakkal Mahadevan” an Elephant When Lord Ayyappa desires his devotees to come to Sabarimala and see him there, it covers all of the living objects, including animals.
An Elephant, named Chirakkal Mahadevan, who was an ardent devotee of Lord Ayyappa went to Sabarimala along with his mahouts and owner, Chirakkal Madhu after his Kettu Nira was done at Thiruvambady Temple at Thrissur.
This would be the first ever recorded instance of an Elephant going to Sabarimala after performing the traditional rites. As Lord would want it, the Elephant was transported from Thrissur to Sabarimala by a Truck after the customary stop at Erumely, as he was a Kanni Swamy, trekked all the way from Pamba to Sannidhanam on foot and climbed through the rear stairs to bow down before the Sanctum Sanctorum (Sree Kovil). Lord wanted him there and no one dared to stop that.
The Eternal Grandeur of Sabarimala Temple of Kerala
Remember ‘Shabari’, the famous character from Ramayana? She formerly resided among the 18 hills where the temple is located, according to the mythology surrounding Sabarimala Temple, which is how the name Sabarimala Temple came to be. The Sabarimala Temple is one of the most popular tourist attractions in India and is dedicated to Lord Ayyappa, also known as Hariharputra, who is believed to have been created from the union of Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu’s female avatar Mohini.
Located in Pathanamthitta District, it is the second largest shrine located in the 18 hills of Western Ghats. With having historical significance, the temple is one of the most popular pilgrimage destinations to visit in South India and is sure to excite you with some of it’s lesser-known facts.
Flowers & Plants that Lord Ayyappa Swami Adores
Among all, Tulasi and Blue Shankupushpam are the favorite flowers of Lord Ayyappa. In addition, any fragrant flowers are brought to the Lord, including jasmine, rose, and marigold. Apart from that, you may also offer any blue as well as red flowers.
The Auspicious Occasion of Makara Jyothi Makara Jyothi is the most important event celebrated at Sabarimala which is usually held on 14 th of January. “Makara Jyothi” literally means a star which is worshipped by the devotees at the Sabarimala temple. Devotees also believe that Lord Ayyappa himself bestows his blessings on them in the form of a star.
These are some of the fascinating facts and mesmerising stories related to Lord Ayyappa & Sabarimala continues. Due to the fact that it helps worshippers get closer to God, the temple is absolutely worth a visit.
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