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Ayyappa Deeksha: Sabarimala Ayyappa Maala

Ayyappa Deeksha is the ritual undertaken by Ayyappa devotees and Karthika masa is the apt time to take up the deeksha. In the year 2012, the ayyappa deeksha begins on the day of mandala puja on 16th November 2012 and ends of the day of Sankranti on 14th January 2013.

In south India, it is a popular practice to take up deeksha during karthika masa, especially on the first day of karthika masa and continue the ritual for 41 days. Some devotees however take the deeksha for a shorter duration owing to their work.

The ayyappa deeksha is usually taken in an ayyappa temple or at home after performing a puja to the Lord Ayyappa. The senior person who has visited Shabarimala for more than 18 years is allowed to initiate another person into the deeksha.

After taking the Ayyappa Deeksha, the devotees wear black dress as far as possible and refrain from wearing footwear and eating non vegetarian food. They take bath in cold water and usually stay away from family in groups so as not to get distracted from the goal. The deeksha is removed only after visiting the Sabarimala Ayyappa Temple in Kerala and there after the devotee can resume normal life.

Ayyappa Deeksha during karthika masa is very popular as it is considered a sacred month in Hindu tradition. Also taking the early morning cold water bath in karthika masa is considered sacred. Every year millions of people visit the Sabarimala Temple during this period till Sankranti in January.

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5 Responses to "Ayyappa Deeksha: Sabarimala Ayyappa Maala"

  1. Raghava Marthi says:

    Hi, I would like to take up ayyappa deeksha. This will be my first time. Is it too late now to take it as it is past nov 16th? I read that the deeksha is taken for 41 days until makara sankranthi. It is still 46 days to makara sankranthi. Is it still possible to take up the deeksha or do I have to wait until next year? please reply as soon as possible. Thank you.

  2. Anonymous says:

    when to take ayyappa deeksha in 2013

  3. Anonymous says:

    can ayyappa dheeksha can be taken in the month of september?

  4. Anonymous says:

    ayyappa deeksha in september month

  5. Anonymous says:

    the time when should i take ayyappa dheeksha in 2013 dates

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