25-Nov-2008

Basics of Ayyappa Mala Vratham

The austerities (Vratham) starts on the 1st day of Malayalam month Vrichikam ( comes on November 14 or 15 or16 ) for the devotees who intend to Pray Ayyappa on the Mandala Pooja Day( comes around December 25th) or the Makara Sankranti day (comes around 14th Jan). “Makara Sankranti” day is the good day at Sabarimala and the ” Mandala Pooja day ” is measured as 2nd good day. At present the Sabarimala temple is opened to devotees on 1st 5 days of every Malayalam month and also on other kerala festivals day like “Thiru Onam”, “Vishu”, etc. But 41 days minimum vratham is essential before traveling to Sabarimala according to conditions of pilgrimage. But so many swamis are doing Ayyappa Mala Deeksha for less than 41 days. It is advisable them to not to dosuch type of Deekhas. Instead of that we can go and see the Sabarimala Ayyappan. It is a condition that we have to do the vratam for 41 days minimum. No one is insisting us to wear Mala. Then why should we do the less time Deekhas? If we can not do the Deeksha, let us not do that. No one including god will ask us, why you have not wear the Mala? Doing less than 41days deeksha is harmful to us. After doing such Deekshas, people are suffering a lot. Instead of that go in normal dress to Sabarimala to see the got. It is thousand times better than the doing less than the 41 days deeksha.

The vratham starts from a day of putting “Thulasi Mala” or “Rudraksha Mala”(garland) with Lord Ayyappa locket in the neck. Mala is supposed to be accepted from the temple Priest or Periya Swami / Guru Swami (The devotee who visited Sabarimala Temple many times and can guide others in every matter relating to the Sabarimala pilgrimage) and after mala is duly hallowed in the temple or in pooja room. The “Dakshina” has to be given to priest/ Periya Swami / Guru Swami concerned. Then wearing “Mala” that person is called as “Swami ” or “Ayyappan” ( in a name of God Ayyappa) till finishing point of his Sabarimala pilgrimage as well as removal of the Mala. Appropriate female( age should be between 1 to 9 or above fifty years) devotees can be called as “Malikapuram”( Shakti of God Ayyappa).

During this period of Vratham extreme care must be taken by every devotee to keep the body and mind pure, clean and also balanced. Devotee is anticipated to survive like “Yogi”, “sadhu” and his word, action, thought every thing should not hurt the others feelings. Devotee must avoid all Luxury pleasure and should avoid taking tobacco, alcohol and also non vegetarian food. And also should not cut nails and hair or shave. Black shirt and dhoti is dress code for the vratham. Wearing Shoes, Chappal are not permissible as per the traditional rule of Vratham. Complete Bramacharya in this period is necessary to go to the Sabarimala Temple. Devotee has to pray in morning and the evening subsequent to taking bath. Prior to every meal the devotee must pray the Ayyappa and take that meal as the “Prasadam” of Ayyappa.

With out proper Vratham, Sabarimala Pilgrimage should not be done. The real mental-satisfaction of pilgrimage can attain only by correct Vratham. May the God Ayyappa help every body to follow rule of the traditional Vratham for attainment of rescue of soul.

42 Comments:

K.N.Murthy 4 December 2008 5:21 pm  

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kumar 20 October 2009 3:59 am  

Dear Sir,
Thank u for writing so much of information in this blog.Realy it helps me to get an clear idea and understanding abt sabarimala and the holi viratham.
I kindly request u to clear my doubt.
I used to wear a rudraksha mala always in my neck. While taking Ayyappa diksha shall i wear the Tulsi mani mala along with that?
pls clarify my doubt.
Thanks & Regards
Vijay

samputi2009 30 October 2009 11:48 am  

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Anonymous,  9 December 2009 2:41 am  

Please do not scare people by saying wrong thing will happen if you observe less than 41 days. Because of people like you everyone has fear for the God. DO NOT DO THAT. Iyyappan has lot and lot of Kaarunyam and even if you observe sincerely for 1 day also HE will take it. All that is important is pure very pure mind and soul....that's all...

Anonymous,  28 December 2009 3:51 pm  

thank u for for giving a lot of infornation about ayappa

Sai Kishore,  28 December 2009 3:54 pm  

lord ayappa is a karuna mayi , but in a year only 41 days we are doing deeksha , we should do it sincerely with out any thinking just our mind should be clean by chanting ayappa sharanu gosha

Jay 5 July 2010 11:20 pm  

I would like to do 41 days vratam. Can i do more?? Also, since i am working at a senior level, wearing formal dress,shoe and having proper shave is a must. I am already wearing mala. I prefer wearing shoe because, whenever we walk on barefoot, we may walk on lot of dirty things which is not good for health. Correct me if i am wrong

Vishnu,  2 November 2010 4:35 pm  

I agree with what is posted in the comment. I agree that 1 day pure dedication is sufficient to see the lord (but people shouldnot give the name vratham for this)
If you meam Manadala Vratham, it is supposed to be 41 days, else just go to the temple with a pure heart as a devotee and Ayyappan will take you as your are.
Dont go the temple with half vrath cos the moment you take the vrath you are consider "Lord Ayyappan" himself and if vrath is to followed, follow it sincerely for 41 days and visit the temple as a part of Lord Ayyappan or else visit the temple as a "Devotee" only...
However, both are good... just dont try fool yourself that you are also Swami by doing the half hearted vratham.

Anonymous,  16 November 2010 9:01 am  

Mr jay,
i have taken this vratham for past two years. am also a starter by myself and same as you. i don't shave, cut my hair, use shoe, belt, purse or use any leather item. I got permission from my boss for this 41 days and people nowadays are accepting and are aware of this vratham in corporate levels too. its basically our wish as how we take this vratham. but during hill climbing, ensure that u accomplish with a bare foot.

Anonymous,  24 August 2011 3:37 pm  

Can somebody who's spouse is carrying wear Ayyappa mala?

SaiChand 27 August 2011 9:45 pm  

Great Information.
Lord Ayyappa will bless you.

Unknown 1 November 2011 4:10 pm  

Hi,
I already wore the Sabarimala on 26/oct/2011(Diwali).I will be going to Temple by Dec 10.It comes around 46 days of vratham.Please tell me is it good or bad if i take more than 41 days of vratham.Please Clarify my doubt.
Thanks & Regards
Siva Kumar

Swamy 3 November 2011 3:28 pm  

@ Siva Kumar swamy- deksha can be greater than or equal to 41 days

This is just for information.

Thanks,
Santhosh swamy

moorkoth 4 November 2011 11:50 pm  

Thank you so much ... very informative link for Sabarimala vratham. Cleared lot of doubts.

Unknown 6 November 2011 9:38 am  

Thank You Santhosh swamy.

Anonymous,  8 November 2011 8:38 pm  

Hari Hara sutan ananda chittan

Om Swamiyeee Saranam Ayyappa

Om Swamiyeee Saranam Ayyappa

Om Swamiyeee Saranam Ayyappa

RU 11 November 2011 2:48 pm  

Ru,

Hi, I am wearing a mala for 6 days prior visiting Sabarimala this is the second time i am wearing mala but only now i came to know that its a vratha to be done for 41 days and also since all my cousin & friends have already planned & booked to leave on the 3rd day from putting maala, can i continue the vratha for 41 days after returning from sabarimala and get the maala removed after 41 days.

Viran 16 November 2011 8:56 am  

Hi Ru,

Someone have misguided you totally, the person from whom you have received the mala should have guided you on this. It is a must that you observe the 41 days minimum virtham before going to sabrimala. As I m from Malaysia, it will take us about 60 days to complete the yatra. I m going to sabrimala for the 8th time this year. Should anyone need more information kindly contact me on facebook "mviran@hotmail.com" i will do my best to explain as clearly as possible. Lets do the virtham and the yatra the proper way. Swamy Saranam.

syam 16 November 2011 11:40 am  

Really thank you sir

Anonymous,  18 November 2011 9:36 am  

Hi everybody,

Some clarifications. My Dad has been going to sabarimala from the past 35 years and I think he has been to the temple 32 times by now. He and everybody in our family follows the vratham strictly for 41 days or sometimes more depending on when he goes.
1. It is not neccessary that you should wear mala strictly for 41 days and not more or less. Even 7 days is fine if you follow the rituals. This is better than taking vrath for 41 days without following the proper methods. It defintely good if you can take vratham for 41 days.
2. It is good to wear mala and do sabarimala darshanam when your spouse is carrying. The only time you should not do is if her delivery date is due during the time of your vratham or sabarimala trip.
3. One is not supposed to climb the 18 steps of sabarimala without a mala in his neck.
4. For details on the vratham check out http://sabarimalaayyappan.org/vratham.html I don't know if the informations are prefect, but it seems to tally with what my Dad believes.

Anonymous,  18 November 2011 9:40 am  

Ru, you can continue the vratham if you wish to but the mala should be removed once you are back. It not necessary that you should take 41 days vratham only and not more or less.

rajasekhar reddy / katiperi / chowdepalli mangal 27 November 2011 9:39 pm  

by seeing all these i am totally confused right now i am wearing ayyappa mala and i am planning to take eerumudi on 3rd dec'2011, is it ok are i have to continue for 41 days,

but 41 days is very very difficult for me to continue my working hours is more than 12 hours per day

let me what to do whether 9 days wearing mala is good or bad

regards
rajasekhar reddy
sekharktp@gmail.com

rajasekhar reddy / katiperi / chowdepalli mangal 27 November 2011 9:43 pm  

i am totally confused because of right now i am wearing ayyappa mala for 9 days but everybody saying that mala should be minimum for 41 days other wise it is useless like,
but i am planned on 3rd dec'2011 to go for sabarimalai, but continuing 41 days is very big issue for me, because my working hours is more than 12 hours per day,

let me know whether i am doing good or bad

regards
rajasekhar reddy/ katiperi

prasad,  28 November 2011 10:26 am  

im wearing mala from last 1o years this is my 11th year im married before 1 year i was completely helpless to stop my temptation and i participated in sex can u tell a solution for it

Unknown 28 December 2011 1:21 pm  

Swamye sharanam ayyappa.

I following 60 days of vratham and i am kanni swamy, past night unknowingly i did dream wet(swapna skpalana),so i was so depressed about this, please can any one guide me for this?? whether i can get total blessing of lord ayyappa or not?? dream wet is harm full time of vratham?? and what i should for this??

Harish 9 January 2012 6:08 pm  
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Harish 9 January 2012 6:10 pm  

Hi,
Please tell me If Grand father's Mother had expired means then we have to remove the Mala? Please mail me with the answer to harish.puramsetti16@yahoo.in

Thanks in Advance.

Raghu 10 January 2012 5:17 am  

Swami Sharanam .. Harish Swami.. please speak to your guru swami. follow as he guides you.. Swami Sharanam

Suryanarayana Ramanthan 28 August 2012 7:01 pm  

Dear All,

My father passed away last year and I had to take off my Mala after nearly 4 - 5 Days. My Father's first anniversary finishes on the 9th of December this year. I will not have 41 Days time to finish my Vratham. Can anyone tell me if it is ok for me to complete the Vritham even after I come back?

Swami Saranam
Suryanarayanan

karthikeya 23 November 2012 12:44 am  

hello every one i have a big clarification !! can any one clear my doubt please ??? my father's mother expired this year April which is April. can i perform the vratham this yer or not please let me as early as possible ??? please help me out !!

karthikeya 23 November 2012 12:47 am  

hello !! i lost my father's mother this year in April (2012). can i perform Ayyapa swami vratham this year because i wanted to do this vratham from last year but unexpectedly due to demise of my grandmother i was in a die-lamaif to continue or not .please help me out

Vijayakumar Saravanakumar 15 May 2013 7:59 am  
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Sabarimalai Sri Ayyappan Saranam 17 June 2013 6:51 pm  

We are making Iyyappa mala,Rudhraksha mala since more than 30 years and we are doing this as a "Kudisai thozhil".I would like to inform here we are manufacturing Swami ayyappa mala,Rudhraksha mala in our village and supplying to kerala,andhra and few other countries.we could supply the best quality of Iyyappan malas, Rudhraksha malas,Stone variety malas and Pooja items in very low cost.Contact us on sabarimalaisriayyappan@gmail.com

Anonymous,  1 August 2013 6:29 pm  

can anyone tell if we can visit the temple without the viratham.
we are strict vegetarian and following strict brahmacharyam
I was told we cannot go by the 18 steps but there is another way.
Please someone reply details

Anonymous,  10 October 2013 12:53 am  

Am saying it to evrybody ..if u ppl wore mala fo more than 100 times thn also nobody is eligible to justify the rules..
Just goo on wid your heart..coz ayypa wil b in yur heart during the maala

Prasanth bhooshan,  5 November 2013 9:28 am  

Swami saranam ayyappa,

Thank u so much for the information. Really it helps me to get an clear idea and understand about the holi vritham.



Swami saranam ayyappa....

Anonymous,  7 November 2013 3:14 pm  

I'm really surprised with some of the answer given here.
Ayyapan virutham contains of 41 days which is
1 Mandalam.That's it..you can't change that as
per your like or dislike.Just as you can't add nor
remove days in English calendar,same goes to
Malayalam calendar.1 mandalam is 41 days and
if you're going to sabarimala carrying irumudi,then you
should observe 41 days of virutham.During this virutham,
you should and must follow the strict rules of bramachariem,
(cutting hair,nail,shaving and wearing shoe to work were
given flexibility today cause God never tell you to stop
earning while you are praying Him)One who get wet dream
during this period does not effect one's virutham cause
any action happen during dreams is out of your control but
if you do have sex with a conscious mind during this virutham
period,then you will face the reaction for your action
as you did it with conscious mind.Remember,don't rush
if you're not ready.Just believe your day will come,
till then be patient.And when the day comes,Lord Ayyapa
himself will be with you to guide you thru out this virutham.

Anonymous,  8 November 2013 1:20 pm  

My husband has taken 41 days fasting he has Tulsi Mala. the issue is when i am at home he try touch me i just suggest its wrong. Only he touch me,I am little afraid there should not be any health problem to my Swamiye.Please reply what to do ...Soniya

Unknown 16 November 2013 7:48 pm  

I believe its in your heart and mind. If you are a true believer, even if you break down in a moment it doesn't mean anything. Pray to Lord Ayyappa. Pray for his forgiveness. Lord is your friend and kind hearted. You just gave into the temptations, its not your fault... I believe you can achieve Ayyappa Darshan if you follow the Vratham whole heartedly. If its not Mandalam, at least a few days. By the time you go to Shabarimala, your heart should be full of Lord. Swamy Sharanam.

A devotee,  25 November 2013 6:30 pm  

Sir,
Some people say that while observing Vratham for Swamy Ayyappa, one should not go on pilgrimage to other hill temples. I cannot understand the logic behind this (although some say that going to other temples diverts attention from Lord Ayyappa). Kindly clarify this issue. Thanks.
Swamiye Saranam Ayyappa

Venkat Mallela 8 December 2013 8:41 pm  

sir i am Venkatesh from Hyderabad
i am started my deeksha but my body is not permitting to take bath with cold water,(hitching) i am taking bath with hot water by twice a day whether it is permissible

thank you sir

kanuparthi vamsi 23 August 2014 5:27 pm  

Hi everybody i am working in coporate company where the rule of my company says that i have to wear shoe for must as it is symbol of professionalism, now my concern is that can i wear swamy mala for 41 days with wearing shoe only in office timings as it is my working rule and no exemptions are given regarding this.... i am eagerly waiting for their valuable reply who can guide me in correct path to attain the blessings of LORD AYYAPPA...................

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