Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Dos and Dont's while taking Sabarimala Vratham - Things to know during Ayyapa Puja


Certain things in life are inherited from the traditions followed since ages without even they being written anywhere but passed on from generations to generations by following and practicing what is deemed right and religious required. Kerala and its traditional temples were known for their orthodox and highly traditional and conservative existence known to mankind. The sanctity and purity of these rituals make this an endearing saga and gives an enriched way of life. We all cannot be saints all through our life, but these norms make us to be living a divine and meaningful times atleast during those days when we follow some religious path towards saturation. Lord Ayyapa is a symbol of beginning and end, being the son of Maha Vishnu and Lord Shiva….and also being a brahmacharya god is said to be following the most difficult of rituals in offering prayers to him. Every step of this prayer have a meaning and a scientific reason if you look deeper into it. Mostly this is in line with what Muslims follow during Ramzan fasting and Christians during Lent days….every religion has certain things that tie up to a one single path of realizing god in any form….a supreme, unseen and unheard form of existence.
 
41 days of diskha is like a tapas. The do’s and don’t’s are set to keep the focus on the God and his ultimate goals of cleansing the human mind, physical body and inner soul. This puja actually creates a vibrations for better living and character recheck of the people. Though most of the process may seem difficult, the path is rough , yet the happiness of doing this makes it easy and attainable. As an ardent child devotee who only remembers her dad in the Ayyapa dress all her life, I thought this season of Sabrimala, is a time to recap some do’s and don’t’s.
 

 

 
The list of things to know during Sabarimala Vratham


 

 
1. Wear black clothes only. You can wear dark blue or orange once you complete few years of diskha and travel to sabarimala. The reason being that Ayappa having offered that his devotees will pay due respects to him and as well as to Sani Bhagawan during the diksha so that he would not trouble them Wearing footwear is also avoided and washing feet before entering house or any place is required.


 
2. Start and end the day by taking bath twice with head shower with cold water. Initially this would be difficult but being clean is next to godliness. Using fragrances is avoided and using home made products is recommended.

 
3. Eating self cooked or clean cooked food in separate utensils have to be practiced. Ladies cooking the food have to be . Food have to be vegetarian and full meal only during lunch. Evening prasadam should be a light meal and fruits.

 
4. Sleeping on the floor is a must and you can use bedsheet or blankets as needed.

 
5. Who can take up this diksha? And Why?

 
  • a. Men of all ages can take up this diksha
  • b. Women who have not attain puberty and who are elderly and have had their menopause.
  • c. This restriction is to follow the tradition that Ayyapa is a brahmacharya (bachelor god) and to maintain the focus and santity of the tradition followed in this temple.

 
6. Following bachelor or brahmacharya life through out this varatham. This would keep the devotees focused on the rituals and on god.

 
7. Tell saranugosha or Ayyapa saranam vili everyday morning and evening. People going together in the Sabarimala piligrimage keep telling this loudly during travel to make things easy, keep energy up and also to keep the fear of animals and darkness away. Saranam minchiya Saramu illiyeee (there is no big weapon than the saranu gosha)

 
8. No indulging in arguments, vulgar talks or watching movies. Keep practicing devotional songs and attend ayyapa bajans as much as possible keep the varatham in tact

 
9. Follow meditation to keep you calm and follow all the rituals with ease

 
10. Conduct Ayyapa puja at home atleast once and give annadhanam to poor during this pooja. Having a guruswamy do this at home is a blessing and making panchamrutham without even smelling the ingrediants before offering to god is important. Annadhanam is a important ritual and if not possible at home, you can distribute food to poor near the temples as well

 
11. Practice deeksha during the full mandalam of 41 days. Lot of people these days due to convenience do this for few days which is not right or maladaranam only during the pilgrimage. This will not give full benefits and it is important that giving time cleaning the mind and body during the puja days is very important.

 
12. First time travelers to sabarimala are called Kanniswamies and they follow that they are driving by the saranu gosha and not with the help of stick as they climb the forest hills to sabarimala. Stop at Erumely and play pettatuli (carnival dance) before proceeding to sabarimala. The first arrow from erumely to be placed in Saramkuthi alayam. There is a story that the year when there is no saramkuti from the first time traveler to sabarimala, that is when Lord Ayyapa will get married…..and the waiting continues but devotees don’t stop coming to Sabarimala

 
13. Do not indulge in any wrong doings, accepting bribes, indulging in violence or talking foul language. Do not drink or smoke.

 
14. Keeping modest way of life is the way to perform this puja. Don’t indulge in showing wealth during bhajans or puja at home. In the eyes of god, everyone is equal

 
15. Have all ingediants required for Irumudi and attend the irumudhi function with poise. As the family puts behind rice in your bag as you start to sabarimala, it means that you are actually leaving behind all your entanglements of life, including relationships and materialistic well being and surrending oneself to god.

 
16. Keeping away from attending death ceremonies, funerals and women during this time is required. In this vratham, one is far above all that is free from any kind of emotional entanglements and it is only to indicate that no one is above destiny and their own karma.

 
17. Visiting any local temple during the puja days once is recommended. In Chennai, every corner of the street have ganesha temples that can be visited.

 
18. Following all puja norms for mala removing after the pilgrimage is also recommended, It is not right to remove the mala once visit is completed before the 41 days is completed. And it has to be done with the help of guruswamy only or in the ayyapa temple when the vratham is completed.

 

 

 
My personal experience with the Lord is that whoever believes in him, he will take care of them….Who ever tries to test this whole thing and do it for name sake and try to not mind any of these is also not forgiven. The meaning is that don’t do something that you cant do with 100% dedication. Even if it means a prayer to god!

 

 

 
Let Lord Ayyapan bless you all for the healthy, wealthy and problem free life. Swamiye Saranam Ayyappa.

 

 

 

44 comments:

Senthil said...

Hello,

Thanks for the write up, This helps me to reiterate my fasting norms and to make things clear. Praise Lord!

Senthil said...

Thanks a lot for writing this.
Now it makes very clear about the fasting

Ganesh Nair said...

Thanks for the information...for me this iss 2year mala.1st year iI wored obly9days so this year I'm doing fir41days

Ganesh Nair said...

Thanks for the information...for...itt will helpful.. During my this year vratha

Mahesh said...

Thanks a Lot for your Write-up. May God Bless you.

Jeya Balan said...

Good info guide for who wants to become as Kanisamy ... Swamye Saranam Ayyappa.

Anonymous said...

Why no smoking? can you provide some details.. I am a heavy smoker. I have put on maale but not able to resist smoking and its been a great difficulty..

Adarsh said...

Why no smoking? can you provide some details.. I am a heavy smoker. I have put on maale but not able to resist smoking and its been a great difficulty..

Anonymous said...

adash..you must avoid it 4 those days..

Sarath said...

U gav me a xact idea abt 41 days vyratham....thanx ..

scorpiolicious said...

Y do family members also fast along??

vikram said...

Hi am am going for the first time to sabarimala i was searching this information for a while and found at thank you really very much. great life ahead

RAKESH SINGH said...

Electrifying sprituality

RAKESH SINGH said...

Electrifying spirituality.. Swampy saranam O:-)

Rajesh Rajendran said...

Thank you for this valuable information. Swamiye Saranam Ayyappa

ajay kumar said...

thanks ...

Anonymous said...

Swamy sharanam

Anonymous said...

It is really very good article. Thanks for details.
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Anonymous said...

It is really very good article. Thanks for details.
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Krupal said...

Hi friends, can you please let me know if we can use soap and shampoos during deeksha time? I heard that we should not use them , but my question is that how can be keep hygenic/clean without using them?

venkat said...

I want to know for how many days it should follow minimum and maximum days?

geoffnmoni said...

Is use of social media, like FB whatsapp etc allowed during this.

Anonymous said...

Is use of social media, like FB whatsapp etc allowed during this.

Jeyakumar said...

Swamiye Saranam Ayyappa

akhil m said...

Use ramacham.......

adarshsk said...

Thank u sir, thanks a lot. God bless you and your family.

Anonymous said...

i done some mistaken un told mistake i cant control my self i done it for four times i dono whats going to been happen but i am so sorry for what i did sorry ayyappa

Mallikarjun M said...

It is really very good article. Thanks for details. Swamiya Sharam Ayyappa.

Mallikarjun M said...

It is really very good article. Thanks for details.Swamiye Saranam Ayyappa

Mallikarjun M said...

It is really very good article. Thanks for details.Swamiye Saranam Ayyappa

Anonymous said...

Dear Anonymous,
HE know your you are imperfect and keep asking for forgiveness each time you make those mistake. He is a graceful god, and over time, you will find the strength to give up your mistake altogether.
Do not for one moment think that he is far away from you just because you are full of mistakes.
He is a kaliyugavarathan and he knows our weaknesses living in this mortal world. No matter what, trust that he will stand by you, because He loves us, even when we err. But of course, you must try and keep trying to ask to change your self, and ask Ayyappa for strength to overcome your temptations.

munna said...

Thank you so much for such a good things you have shared.

Anonymous said...

If my wife is in dates...can i speak to her?

Anonymous said...

You are right about me testing and questioning the beliefs. I did that. I failed miserably. I tried keeping the vrutham again. But there is one particular aspect am not able to control. I gave in. I still have my mala on. But am scared to go ahead with the visit. Being at kanni swami at 29 is becoming very difficult. I wholeheartedly repent the act. Can i fall on Ayyappa's feet during sarvaprayashchitham during erumudi kettu. I desperately want to see the Lord and ask for his forgiveness and blessings

godblessus said...

Good writeup
Hope, all women who have doubts read this and get intellectual knowledge.

godblessus said...

Thanks for the writeup.
Hope, men and women who have doubts about entry for women between 11-49 read this and become intellectual.

Rajkumar Shanmugam said...

Who ever tries to test this whole thing and do it for name sake and try to not mind any of these is also not forgiven.. God is here to forgive and help people.. If there is not forgiveness by god.. Then he becomes human..

Rajkumar Shanmugam said...

Who ever tries to test this whole thing and do it for name sake and try to not mind any of these is also not forgiven.. God is here to forgive and help people.. If there is not forgiveness by god.. Then he becomes human..

Anonymous said...

What if ejaculation happens on sleep during vratha time ? I am worried

Anonymous said...

Hi thank u for ur information. I would like to know if it is fine for me to go to sabarimala when my wife is pregnant

Anonymous said...

It is fine to wear mala when your wife is pregnant, but if she is in 9 or 10 month you must be aware that if she gives birth you should remove mala and then only you should see her or your child and you should not go to sabari malai that time

Anonymous said...

Lord ayyappa knws d truth n lies behind us. 1 way r d othr, he ll change us into a new fruit. If v do mistake knowingly, its his duty in correcting us. Do bare d difctly in viratham n focus al ur energies into devotion n find a way into geting hapines and peace thru him! :) Swamy saranam.

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Anonymous said...

My job needs shaving daily. Can I do this during 41 days of vrutham?