Sree Ayyappan Temple, Sidhapudur, located in the heart of the city, a mere walking distance from Gandhipuram Main Bus Stand.
Purely built like a Kerala Traditional Temple forms, its equally pious to the other temples in the city. Managed by Sri Ayyapa Seva Sangam Trustees, people from all relegion,caste and creed come here. Due to the idols 'chaitanya' and the rituals performed in Kerala traditional way, its also known as "Chinna Sabarimalai" (Sabaramalai, is a most prominent temple for Lord Ayyapa in India).
Lord Ayyapa is known for "Bramhacharyam" and a devotee must be more pious while visiting this temple. The most important sesonal and devotional months are "Karthigai" and "Margazhi" tamil months (November 15th to January 15th). During this season we could find huge crowds and many devotees, visting here for prayers and rituals.
Devotees from the other states, they commence their Sabarimala Pilgirimage with the sacred garlanding and "Virtha" the (procedural diet restrictions). During their Pilgrim, they visit Sidhapudur Sri Ayyappa Swamy Temple and stay on account of rest.Then they continue the pilgrimage.
The Temple opens at 4:30 AM in the morning to Close at 11:30 PM by afternoon. Lunch for Devotees are served in a seperate hall within the permises of the temple. Again by 4:00 PM the temple re-opens and closes at 9:00 PM. Saturday is considered special for Lord Ayyapa and we see most crowded during this dfay of the week.
According to the chart a temple for Sri Ayyappaswamy was properly arranged in the central-location. Around this location, the temples for Lord Vinayaga, Goddess Durga, Lord Sri Muruga and Lord Sri Vishnu, were also accommodated. In this row, the temple kitchen [Madapally] was also provided.
During the February month of this same year, the Dwajasthamba [Flag – Post] was installed in pure gold. In this entire Tamilnadu, this is the only temple which is provided with the golden – Dwajasthamba.
The month Phalguni (March) especially on the star-date of “Rohini”, the temple was established. The celebrations of the festival were to commence 8 days before this date.
The customary procession with elephants, grand cultural activities, philosophic programme and the musical recitals are included in the festival days. The pallivettai, Arattu Procession and special Pooja Anustanas are programmed in a marvelous way.
Its critics maye be sited as, - Since Large Buildings are covered around the temple, its hard to find the location by site. Parking and Traffic may be considered as an another cons. However these are not a big deal, in order to vist the temple.
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