AYYAPPA TEMPLE

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Location : Kanjur Marg, Mumbai, Maharashtra
Presiding Deity : Ayyappa
Dates Back To: Only Ayyappa Temple Outside Kerala State


A temple famously known as Mini Sabarimala Shree Ayyappa Temple situated atop a hillock surrounded by hills and valleys within the precincts of NCH Colony, Kanjur Marg (West), Mumbai . It is the first ancient Ayyappa Temple outside Kerala State. A tiny stream originating from the vicinity adds the sanctity and beauty of environment.

It is a unique temple resembling the Holy Shrine of Shree Dharma Shastha (Ayyappa) at Sabarimala, Kerala, crowning the Western Ghats. This temple attracts thousands of devotees throughout the year.

Legend

It is believed that there was a beautiful Devi temple and a small Ayyappa temple at this place, where today stands the temple of Shree Mini Sabarimala. Foreign invaders destroyed these temples and the remnants of these can be seen even today. The invaders also killed the priests of these temples. Since then the devotees used to worship Shri Ayyappa in the same dilapidated temple.

Festivals

All-important Hindu festivals are celebrated at the temple and special puja's are performed. Some of the special festivals apart from the usual Hindu festivals which are celebrated here are "Pankuni Uttiram"- the birthday of Shree Ayyappa, "Prathista Dinam", "Vishu" (New Year)- April 14th, Onam, Ganesh Chaturthi, Vijaya Dashami, and Deepawali.

The major festival celebrated over here is "Mandala Makara Vilakku" festival (Mid November to mid January), which starts with the Mudhradhanam for the devotees who undertake pilgrimage to Sabarimala. Devotees visit the temple in large numbers during this season. Just like Sabarimala, 'Prasadams' such as "Appam", "Aravana", etc. are kept for sale.

HOW TO GET THERE

Road: Tourists can take city buses or local trains from Mumbai to reach this place.

WHERE TO STAY

Accommodation is available at the hotels in Mumbai.



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