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Monday, November 16, 2009

SWAMI SARANAM!AYYAPPA SARANAM!






16th November,2009
5p.m

Dear Friends,
Good Evening!
Today,the auspicious month,mandala season started.
the month of Vrischikam when the mornings are cool with mist.early morning I got up to get ready to go to Sree Ayyappa Temple.the roads were wet.it rained the previous night.the temple is only twenty minutes drive away from home.I didn't want to miss the
wonderful feelings that I get after a morning temple darshan.
a season of Lord Ayyappa!a season of equality,brotherhood and oneness among all.my mind was saying the prayers,
''Boothanatha sadananda,
Sarvabhootha dayapara,
Raksha raksha mahabaho,
Sasthrethubhyam namo namah!''

Ayyappa is born out of the union between Mohini[Vishnu] and Shiva.the most famous Ayyappa temple in India is the one at
Sabarimala.over fifty million devotees visiting here every year make it the second largest pilgrimage in the world.the mantra 'Thatwamasi' welcomes the devotees in Sabarimala.Amma has written an article on Thatwasmi.it means,'Thou art that'.to explain further,there is only one eternity blissful and that One is manifesting itself in all varities.there is a popular narration,that is a man once happened to mistake his own heartbeat.hearing someone knocking at the door he opened it but seeing nobody he came back.he again heard the knocking but when he opened the door he saw nobody.this continued a number of times until at last the truth flashed his mind that his own heartbeat was misinterpreted and that the Reality was within himself.man becomes God.
A pilgrim attending the Mandala pooja should observe austerities for forty one days.during this period,the pilgrim should abstain himself from non vegetarian habits and carnal pleasures.unlike certain Hindu temples,Sabarimala temple has no restrictions of cast or creed.the temple is open to males of all age groups and to women who have either passed their fertility age and those before reaching the stage of puberty.
a pilgrim should not shave or use alcoholic drinks.he/she should not l
ose temper.it's a season of sacrifice.mental strength grows n the mind fills with devotion.
My Achan[Father] used to go to Sabarimala,the famous abode of
Lord Ayyappa on the hill top.the memories of the chants of Swami Saranam still echo in my ears.Ayyappan Vilakku was held in my Achan's house.we had a devotional atmosphere,and sandhya nama japam [evening prayers] was a must.
The annual Mandala-Makaravilakku Mahotsavam held at Ayyappa Temple commences from today.the first day of the Mandala season witnessed a Shodasabhishekam for Lord Ayyappa followed by an Ashtadravya Ganapathy Homam.right from small children to old people were already present in the temple to witness the Abhishekam.the temple looked beautiful with marigold flower strands and lighted lamps.the chants of SWAMIYE SARANAMAYYAPPA echoed everywhere.I was in a different world.I could attend Abhishekam,Ashtadravya Ganapathy Homam and Usha pooja.I missed ashtapathi,the beautiful devotional song
sung at the time of ushapooja and deeparadhana.
years back,it was on such a Mandala season that a handful of Ayyappa devotees in and around Mangor hills joined their hands and started to conduct Ayyappa pooja at a place available with a photo of Lord Ayyappa.keeping in mind to have a proper organised approach,this small group formed the Ayyappa Seva Samithi in the year 1978.we,the pravasis reach this auspicious and wonderful premises of Lord Ayyappa seeking peace and happiness.
hundreds of Ayyappa devotees who will be starting their fortyone day Mandala vritham prior to their pilgrimage to the famous Sabarimala Temple on the hill tops of the western Ghats in Kerala accepted the Mudramala' in front of the Sreekovil of the temple.the festivities include special pujas,Abhishekams,Annadanam,Swami Bhojan and various cultural programmes will go on till January 14,2010,which is Makaravilakku day.the Mandala Makaravilakku festivities will be inaugurated today evening at 7.30 p.m at a function that will b
e held at temple premises.Speaker will be the chief guest at the function.this will be followed by a cultural programme presented by the Ayyappa Seva Samithi.
here,everyone feels happy to have a temple nearby and they make it a point to visit temple on most of the days.at times of stress and confusions we run to the lotus feet of Lord Ayyappan.
I am happy that the day was good with the darshan of Lord Ayyappan.
May Lord Bless One and All.I'm sure you will enjoy the devotional song,''Pambayil neeradi.............''please don't miss the video.
it's anu signing off.........
those who wish to go on pilgrimage within the short time, can depend on Vivekananda Travels,every month they arrange holy trips to
Sabarimala.
wishing you all a peaceful and devotional night,
Anu just can't be away from you,
so telling you again,I love you all,
sasneham,
Anu

14 comments:

അരുണ്‍ കായംകുളം said...

മണ്ഡലകാല സ്പെഷ്യല്‍ ആയി ഇട്ട ഈ പോസ്റ്റ് നന്നായി:)

തത്വമസ്സി..
തത് ത്വം അസി..
അത് നീ ആകുന്നു
അതായത് പരമാത്മാവ് ഒരൊരുത്തരിലും ഉണ്ടെന്ന് അര്‍ത്ഥം!!
ഇതിനെ കുറിച്ച് പ്രവീണ്‍ എന്‍റെ പോസ്റ്റിലിട്ട കമന്‍റ്1 ഇങ്ങനെയാണ്...

"പറഞ്ഞു വന്നത് തത്വമസിയെക്കുറിച്ചാണ്.. മഹാവാക്യങ്ങളിലോന്നായി അതിന്റെ കണക്കാക്കുന്നു.. മുഴുവന്‍ ഗ്രന്ഥതിന്ടെയും താല്പര്യത്തെ സംഗ്രഹിച്ചു വച്ചിട്ടുള്ള വാക്ക്യത്തെയാണ് മഹാവാക്യം എന്ന് പറയുന്നത്. ഓരോ ഉപനിഷത്തിലും പെട്ട നാല് മഹാവാക്യങ്ങളാണ് ബ്രഹ്മവിദ്യയുടെ സാരസംഗ്രഹമായി ഉള്ളത്.
1. പ്രജ്ഞാനം ബ്രഹ്മ - ഐതരേയോപനിഷത് (ഋഗ്വേദം) 2) അഹം ബ്രഹ്മാസ്മി -ബ്രിഹദാരണ്യകം (യജുര്‍വേദം ) 3) തത്വമസി -ഛാന്ദോഗ്യം (സാമവേദം) 4) അയമാത്മ ബ്രഹ്മ - മാണ്ഡൂക്യം (അഥര്‍വ്വ വേദം )

ഒന്നാമത്തെ വാക്യം ബ്രഹ്മത്തിന്റെ സ്വരൂപം പറയുന്നു. പ്രജ്ഞാനമാണ് ബ്രഹ്മം ."പ്രകര്‍ഷേണ ജ്ഞായതേ അനേന "- ഇതുകൊണ്ട് പ്രകര്‍ഷേണ അറിയുന്നു -എന്നാ വ്യുല്‍പത്തി കൊണ്ട് പ്രജ്ഞാനതിനു ബോധം എന്നര്‍ത്ഥം .ബ്രഹ്മത്തിന്റെ സ്വരൂപം ബോധമാണ് എന്ന്‍ വാക്യാര്‍ത്ഥം
രണ്ടാമത്തേത് അനുഭൂതി വാക്യമാണ്. അഹം ബ്രഹ്മാസ്മി - ഞാന്‍ ബ്രഹ്മമാണ്

മൂന്നാമത്തേത് ഉപദേശ വാക്യമാണ് - തത് ത്വം അസി - അത് നീയാകുന്നു. തത്=ബ്രഹ്മം ത്വം = ആത്മാവ്‌ . ഇവ രണ്ടും ഒന്ന് തന്നെയാണ്. (ആരുണി പുത്രനായ ശ്വേതകേതുവിന് ഉപദേശിക്കുന്നു ) നീ എന്ന വാക്കിന്റെ വാക്യാര്‍ത്ഥമാണ് ഇവിടെ എടുക്കേണ്ടത് .ശ്വേതകേതു എന്ന് പേരുള്ള ശരീരത്തില്‍ പരിമിതനായിരിക്കുന്നതല്ല ജീവന്‍. ജീവന്‍ ചൈതന്യമാണ്. അഖണ്ഡബോധ സത്തയും ബ്രഹ്മവും അത് തന്നെയാണ് .മറ്റൊന്നല്ല (വേദാന്ത സിദ്ധാന്ത നിരുക്തിരേഷ ബ്രഹ്മൈവ ജീവ: സകലം ജഗച്ഛ: )

നാലാമത്തെ വാക്യം ജീവബ്രത്മ ഐക്യത്തെ പ്രതിപാദിക്കുന്നു. അയം ആത്മ ബ്രഹ്മ = ഈ ആത്മാവ് ബ്രഹ്മമാകുന്നു. മുന്നേ പറഞ്ഞതുമായി കൂട്ടി വായിക്കുമല്ലോ.."

അതേ പോലെ അയ്യപ്പസങ്കല്‍പ്പം ശബരിമലയിലാണ്, ഇന്ത്യയിലെ ഒരു അയ്യപ്പക്ഷേത്രം എന്നതിലുപരി, അയ്യപ്പക്ഷേത്രം എന്ന സങ്കല്‍പ്പത്തിന്‍റെ പൂര്‍ണ്ണതയാണ്‌ ശബരിമല.
പിന്നെ മണ്ഡലകാലം തുടങ്ങിയല്ലേ ഉള്ളു, ഇനിയും ദിവസങ്ങള്‍ ഉണ്ടല്ലോ..
ഒരു അപേക്ഷ...
അയ്യപ്പന്‍ വിളക്കിനെ കുറിച്ച് വളരെ വിശദമായി ഒരു പോസ്റ്റിടണേ!!

Anya said...

Hi Anu
When I read your post this evening
about "Sree Ayyappa Temple"
I thought I will visit India :-)
I have never seen a temple in real
I wish I could !!!
Its so different your country and mine !!!!
Your words are always coming straight from your heart I love that.
Thanks for the very interesting post :-)
Have a good night
Anya (@^.^@)

Amity Me said...

oh gosh! can't understand what this guy posted before my comment...:)

so that's how different your traditions, err culture or customs you have in India?

India is really a country very rich in unique culture and traditions and you have so much. That Diwali festival was one which was etched in my mind...:)

Hey, Anu, i've bookmarked you in my place...:) wish you could do the same. thanks so much!

Readers Dais said...

Dear Anu,
That was a wonderful update,among all these gods in the world one would really find it difficult to find a god of ones own,but as said in your post.."thatvamasi" is the best belief and the deeds one do does leads one to peace, irrespective of any religion,caste or region.
You have been able to enlighten the readers with some new information and i am happy that there are people from different parts of the world who adore india & its people just for the diversity in its culture & festivals that have reached them in the most positive manner through your blog...
Hats off to you & best wishes for more of such posts :)

KParthasarathi said...

An excellent writeup on the subject
detaling all the salient points.Amongst the bloggers I visit, you are the one who post articles on all important festivals and the Hindu tradition
Thank you very much

cool drizzle said...

Hi! Dear,

Was not around...
Hey u r doing a wonderful job for the country,spreading light around the world eh?
Keep going,for me- lot of new things from your post,thanks.

പ്രവീണ്‍ വട്ടപ്പറമ്പത്ത് said...

അത് നീ ആകുന്നു ... :)

Prasanth - പ്രശാന്ത്‌ said...

Nice post Anu
feeling proud by reading the comments from our international friends.Really nice work.
I've a small suggestion: if you can make the malayalam words in italics and add its meaning in brackets,it will be more helpful for your readers.
eg:- Vrischikam,mandala season

Abhilash said...

Great post Anu.

You shared a lot of information that will be useful to different people around India.

Swamiye sharanam ayyappa

Cyrus Rumi said...

I have learnt so much!!:)

Thank you, sister!

Namaste.

Cyrus

anupama said...

Dear Arun,
SWAMIYE SARANAMAYYAPPA!
Thanks a lot for your detailed comment.I'm so happy that a SWAMY has put the first comment.
the detailed article on THATWAMASI by Amma is published in Amma's book.I could not write all the points.
this mantra makes us feel humble and pious and to lead a meaningful life loving others.Amma has written poems also on this theme.
we are going to have AYYAPPAN VILAKKU ON 12TH DEC here at AYYAPPA TEPMLE.Please do come and attend the tradtions and rituals.it is arare chance for you.:)
wishing you a peaceful day,reminding you tomorrow is MUPPETTU SATURDAY,the important day of LORD AYYAPPA,listening to a melodious bhajan on SWAMY AYYAPPAN,
sasneham,
ANU

Vishwanath Seshadri said...

As usual a nice, informative, descriptive and picturesque post from the one and only ANU :))

You are doing a wonderful job of creating a guide book for both the domestic as well as international traveller.

And I came to know something that I didnt know before.. that Sabarimala is the temple with the 2nd highest piligrim attraction.. Thanks for the info :)

Swamiye Saranam Ayyappa !!

KRISH said...

Dear Anu.
Excellent post, very informative, very proud to see that the foriegner's are all appreciation and admire our religion.
you sure are going to become an international fame thru your blogs.
I fall short of words to express how thrilled iam reading your posts which are very well worderd and informative.
God Bless you and your family.
Regards. Krish.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for this images...