Sri Ayyappan Pooja @ Kensington School, East London
Ayyappan monthly pooja and bhajan at Kensington High School, Kensington Avenue,East ham,London on 02-07-2011
Ayyappan Monthly Pooja June 2011 @ Kensington School, East London
Ayyappa is known as “Hariharan Puthiran” because he is the son of Hari (Vishnu) and Haran (Shiva). His most common name is Manikanta because when the king of Pandalam found him, there was a mani(gem ) tied around his neck .
East Ham Sri Ayyappan Monthly Pooja & Bhajan March 2011
Offerings to Sri Ayyappan
lrumudi is the only travelling kit which a pilgrim carries on his head during the pilgrimage. Only those who observe fasting for 41 days are allowed to carry it. Without the Irumudi one is not allowed to step onto the holy 18 steps at the Sannidhanam.
This bag is in two compartments – the Munmudi (the front part) and the Pinmudi (the back part) & the opening at centre. The front portion is reserved for keeping all the puja articles and offerings to the deity while the rear part is meant to hold the pilgrims personal requirements for the journey.
Front portion contains Mudra bags, consisting of 2 – 3 in numbers – one for the GheeCoconut and the other two for the remaining offerings. Items for Vazhipadu (offering) at the Sannidhanam that is kept in the front compartment of the Irumudi are as under:
Coconut filled with ghee for Abhishekam (bathing the idol of the Lord)+Coconut (vidalai thengai) 2 to 4 nos. Beetel leaves Beetel Nut Coins for offering Jaggery (achuvellam) Cashew Raisins Dry ginger Poha (thin & thick variety) Cardamoms Dates Honey Avil ( beaten rice) Kadhi Chakkar Dried turmeric tubers Turmeric powder Blouse piece Kumkum Vibhooti Sandal paste Sambarani Camphor Agarbathi (Incense stick) Rosewater Lemon Rice and Dal for offering.
Preperation for the offering to the Lord:
+ Coconut for ghee Abhishekam : Well before the Kettunira time, select a medium size coconut. Clean and polish the outer shell using a polishing paper. With a pointed instrument, open one eye of the coconut and empty the coconut water. Close it with a cork of correct size. The coconut is now in readiness for the Kettunira.
Coconut (Vidalai Thengai) one each to be broken at Erumeli, Sharam Kutti and two for Padinettampadi (the sacred 18 steps – once while climbing up for Shasta Darshan with the Irumudi and 2nd while returning after the worship
Part of the jaggery, cashew, raisin, cardamom, honey and dates can be used to make Panchamrutam for the Neivedya; part of the jaggery, dry ginger and cardamom can be used for preparing ‘Panagam’ as Neivedya
Items for use of the pilgrim from the day of commencement of the journey after Kettunira till the return is kept in the back compartment or the Pin Mudi, which are as under : Some snacks which one may require now and then during the trip and other raw materials for food items to be prepared during the journey. And pulses and rice needed for cooking can be included in Pinmudi
Reference Link: http://www.ayyappan-ldc.com/ayyappan.info_theirumudi.html
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Ayyappan Pooja & Bhajan Feb 2011 at Kensington High School, East Ham,London
Lord Ayyappa or Dharma Shastha represents a combination of spiritual powers symbolized by the forms of Lord Vishnu, the Power that maintains the universe and Lord Shiva, the Power that periodically re-absorbs the manifestations into Reality. Lord Ayyappa enshrined in the Sabarimala temple combines both these aspects of Brahman. In the Puranic lore, as usual, this fact is presented in an interesting and symbolic story form. As Sri Ayyappa represents both Vishnu and Shiva in one Divinity, He is worshipped both as Protector and Deliverer.
Sri Ayyappa aspect of Brahman is endearing to thousands, especially because the special attributes of Lord Ayyappa and His worship transcends the many man-made limitations as caste, religion, creed, class distinctions, nationality, etc. An extensive period of self-disciplines prior to a pilgrimage to Sabarimala is prescribed for yogic practice and for the cultivation of a vision of equality and sense of oneness with the Supreme Reality. The purpose of man’s spiritual striving is to evolve from the conditioned state of existence by raising the level of consciousness gradually to its unconditioned and infinite Freedom…
East Ham Ayyappan Bhajan Jan 2011