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Posted: 02 December 2012 at 8:47am | IP Logged

Hey all DKDM vastiyon.Hug.
Hope all are doing well... I have been too caught up with work, so was inactive for a while.

Just got this story from the net about a devote of Ayyapa Swamy called VarvarSwami, thought I'd share it with my folks.

Please Read on...

There are many legends about Vavar and his association with Ayyappa. Some believe that Vavarswami was a Muslim saint who migrated from Arabia to India with the intention of spreading Islam. Others suggest that he was a warrior who reached t
he shore of Kerala as a pirate in a ship to loot and plunder. During his encounter with Lord Ayyappa, he was defeated and subdued by the Lord. Since then Vavar became a close associate of Lord Ayyappa and helped him in the wars in the mountainous region. As time passed, Vavar too became an ardent devotee of Ayyappa just like Kaduthaswami and came to be known as Vavarswami. The old sword on the wall of the Vavar shrine symbolises the eminence of Vavar as a great warrior. It is believed that the Lord Ayyappa himself instructed the King of Pandala Desam to build a mosque for Vavar at Erumeli in Kottayam District and a shrine at Sabarimala.


Erumely is the gateway to Sabarimala, the hillock shrine of Lord Ayyappa. This place is very famous for 'Pettathullal' a kind of mass spiritual dance perform by Ayyappa devotees. Pettathullal is performed in the Makaravilaku season i.e. from mid December to mid January every year to commemorate the annihilation of a 'Mahishi' by Lord Ayyappa.


It is believed that the aim of the incarnation of Lord Ayyppa as son of Siva and Vishnu was the annihilation of demoness Mahishi.


After killing the Mahishi at Erumely, Ayyappa performed a dance on her dead body. In order to commemorate this event, the devotees perform the ritual called pettathullal in Erumely.


The barefooted devotees perform this dance by wearing black dhotis, and garnishing their body with different colour powders and flowers and carrying toy bows,arrows and shrub branches and chanting the slogan "Ayyappa-thin-thakathom, Swami-thin-thakathom"


The place name Erumely is believed to have been derived from the word 'Erumai veli' fence formed with the help of buffaloes, which later got transformed to Erumely.


En route the pilgrimage to Sabarimala during the makaravilakku season almost all of the Ayyappa devotees will come to Erumely and perform the ritual. Pettathullal starts from the small temple situated at the heart of Erumely town known as 'Kochambalam". From there the dance procession advance to the Muslim mosque called 'Vavar palli' opposite to Kochambalam and the devotees worship 'Vavarswamy'.


Finally the procession ends up at Dharmasastha temple known as 'Valliyambalam.'

Good to see such pure n unbiased devotion bby someone!


Credits :F/B Ayyapa Swamy page.


Regards
Sia



Edited by Killer_Shark - 02 December 2012 at 8:49am

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Posted: 02 December 2012 at 9:17am | IP Logged
In our country it is the Politician who divides and draws lines between people based on religion.
Just go a little deeper within a community and one sees all religions living in harmony .
Our own Lalbagh Ka raja stops a Mosque for evening namaz . All the hindus and muslims pray together before moving on together for immersion.

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Posted: 02 December 2012 at 5:57pm | IP Logged
Originally posted by jayvenk

In our country it is the Politician who divides and draws lines between people based on religion.
Just go a little deeper within a community and one sees all religions living in harmony .
Our own Lalbagh Ka raja stops a Mosque for evening namaz . All the hindus and muslims pray together before moving on together for immersion.


Oh yes, That is a true example for communal harmony (Touch wood)

Besides that there are many such examples.

Thanks for the share

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