Ayyappa Swamy Padi Pujalu
Ayyappa Swamy is the son of Lord Shiva and Mohini (female avatar of Lord Vishnu). Hence, he is also known as Hari Haran. Sabareshwara and Manikantha are the other names by which Ayyappa is known as.He is known to be the remover of evil. Devotees don the Ayyappa Deeksha and Vratam for 41 days with strict rules in order to please Ayyappa Swamy. Ayyappa is worshipped on this day by the chanting of Namavalis and Padi puja is performed by chanting slokas, lighting diyas and Neyyabhishekam(Ghee offering). The Puja is accompanied by Kirthanas and Bhajanas.
Performed during the Vratham of Ayyappa Swamy Deeksha
18 padi pujas, Namavalis and Astothrams are performed.
Aravana Paayasam is the main naivedyam prepared on this day.
When is this Puja performed?
This Puja is performed during the Ayyappa Deeksha. It generally done in the months of December and January.
Advantages of this Puja:
Grants Self-esteem and Self-control leading to a successful life
All the evil and negativities are removed and eradicated
All the hurdles are removed and people are blessed with peace and prosperit
The Mind and Soul are purified resulting in a Happy life