Ayyappa Swamy

Lord Ayyappan, or Ayyappa, is a popular Hindu god. Ayyappa is the son of Lord Shiva and Mohini. Ayyappa is also called 'Hariharan Puthran' or 'Hariharaputra,' which actually implies the child of both 'Hari' or Vishnu and 'Haran' or Shiva. Lord Ayyappa in the Puranas or ancient scriptures is intriguing. After Goddess Durga killed the demon king Mahishasur, his sister, Mahishi, set out to avenge her brother. She conveyed Lord Brahma's shelter that exclusive a kid conceived of Lord Vishnu and Lord Shiva could kill her, or, as such, she was indestructible. To spare the world from obliteration, Lord Vishnu incarnated as Mohini, and marry Lord Shiva, and of their union was conceived Lord Ayyappa. Lord Ayyappa, however, is believed to have laid down a strict religious code to enable people to receive his blessings. First, the devotees would have to observe a 41-day penance before embarking on the temple pilgrimage. In addition, the devotees need to walk miles by walking, bathe in the blessed waterway Pampa, lastly, overcome the precarious move of 18 stairs to come to the Sabarimala Temple. Sabarimala in Kerala is the most famous Ayyappa shrine, visited by over 50 million devotees every year, making it one of the most popular pilgrimages in the world…