2013 Ayyappa Pooja
Feb 10, 2013Public
Photo: The 18 steps leading to Ayyappa
Photo: The Ayyappa alter including the 18 steps created by our dear DC devotees  in wood
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Photo: Priyanka putting petals at Amma's feet during Lalitha Sahasranamah Archana
Photo: Br.Ramanand singing "Anandamayi Chaitanyamayi"
Photo: Br.Ramanand sharing the story of Ayyappa
Photo: Vandana putting petals at Ayyappa's feet during Ayyappa's Ashtothara
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Photo: Suku Nair doing the Sharanam Vili
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Sharanamayyappa!
Photo: Prem on the tabla
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Photo: All the lamps on the 18 steps are lit during  Padi Pattu (Padi: steps. Pattu:song)
Photo: The steps that lead you to salvation
Photo: The first five steps symbolise the five human senses (Panchendriyas) i.e. visual (vision), auditory (hearing), olfactory (smell), gustatory (taste) and tactile (touch). These signify the `mortal' nature of one's body.
The next eight steps symbolise the eight Ashtaragas viz, Kama, Krodha, Lobha, Moha, Madha, Maltsarya, Asooya, Dhumb (Love, Anger, Avarice, Lust, Pride, Unhealthy Competition, Jealousy and Boastfulness).
The next three steps stand for three Gunas or Thrigunas (nature-born qualities) i.e. Satva, ( perspicuity, discernment) , Rajas (activity, enjoyment) and Thamas (inactivity, stupor).
The last two steps represent Vidya (Knowledge) and Avidya (Ignorance).
Photo: Swami Ayyappa