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Lord Ayyappa Temple, R.K. Puram, New Delhi, started in 1973 in a small room with a photograph of the Lord to worship has now become a major Ayyappa Shrine second only to Sabarimala. The consecration ceremony was held in April, 1980 and the Temple is now celebrating its 21st Annual Ulsavam between 28th April, 2001 and 7th May, 2001.

This temple has certain unique features in respect of the Idol of the Lord. While the Lord at Sabarimala is seated in "Veerasanam" and showing the mystic sign "Chinmudra" by the right hand, the idol at R.K. Puram, New Delhi, combines the characteristics of Lord Dhanwantari Murthi, the divine Mother and the Ardhanareswara aspect of Lord Shiva. The Srikovil is built in the style of a Gaja Prishtam (elephant's back) which represents the aspects of Lord Ganesha. There are no separate shrines for the Upadevathas since the Lord's idol incorporates the attributes of all the deities. The Lord here is sitting with His right leg kept suspended symbolizing Lord Dhanwanthari Murthi, the Divine physician aspect of Lord Vishnu and the other (left foot) kept folded representing Sastha. The jadamakudam and the tuft of hair on the top of the head represent the Ardhanareeswara aspect of Lord Shiva.

Jagadguru Sri Sankaracharya of Joshimath, Santhananda Saraswati Swamigal of Bhadrikashram performed the Bhoomi Puja.

Following the "Sthalaprasnam" and "Devaprasnam" by late Brahmashri Kaimukku Parameswaran Namboodiri, a Balalayam was built. The idol was made of "Panchaloha" and the ceremonies were supervised by Brahmashri Divakaran Namboodiri. The Temple in the present form was constructed in accordance with the plan prepared by Brahmashri Kanippayyur Sankaran Namboodiri. Nagarkovil Pattan Asari has carved the idol of our Lord. The consecration ceremony took place on April 30, 1980 by the renowned Thantri late Brahmashri Puthumana Damodaran Namboodiri, who detailed the pujas and rituals to be performed in the temple.

The expansion of the Temple continued. The Nata Sala (Aana Kottil) Dhwaja Sthambam, Gopurakavadam, office complex, Sabari Mandapam, Guest House for Thanthris and quarters for pujaris were constructed. It is also heartening to note that all the pujas are conducted by the Melshanthi, Brahmashri Palakkulam and his team and all rituals and special pujas connected with the "Ulsavam" are performed properly by the Thanthri Brahmashri Puthumana D. Sreedharan Namboodiri and his team. Special care is being taken in the preparation of Nivedyam. Another special feature of this Temple is that the Temple celebrates all Hindu Festivals with special "Koottu Sevas" in addition to the "Mandalam". "Makara Vilakku" and "Ulsavam" celebrations. The charges for such sevas have been kept at the minimum for wider participations of devotees. Sasthapreethi / Annadanam and Leghubakshanam are served breakfast for 41 days during "Mandalam" Sapthaham, Discourses, Ayyappan Pattus and Bhajans are conducted regularly. Particular attention has been given to encourage temple arts. Solemnization of marriage in the Temple is not only permissible but also auspicious because it is believed that the Lord as Sastha with Poorna and Puskala bless the couple. The consecration of marriages at the Temple has increasingly assumed the form of an offering to the Lord. "Neeranjanam" and "Ellukizhi" (Tila Deepam) have become very popular among devotees to ward off the evil effects of Saturn (Shanidev).

Another important feature of this Temple is that it does Four Special Pujas for Rakshas, Nagas, Bhagvati and Shiva during Ulsavam as part of Ulsavam rituals. Apart from that, Athazha Puja. During Ulsavam, Friday is celebrated as "Ladies Ulsavam", which is sponsored by women devotees of Lord. Likewise, the Saturday Ulsavam is sponsored by the Delhi Police devotees of the Lord.

It is pertinent to mention here that all the Managing Committees have taken proper care to scupulously adhere to the five basic requirements for the development of the Temple, such as Acharya Thapas, Namajapam, observance of rules, conducting of Ulsavam and serving of "Annadanam" for the growth and Sannidhyam.

The Samithi has started in a modest way humanitarian projects like awarding scholarships to deserving students and propose to initiate a scheme of medical assistance to the poor. Other long term projects on hand are Nallah coverage acquisition of the adjacent Tulsi Garden, Swarnakodimaram and establishment of a Kshetrakala Peedam.

While Sabarimala, which is situated in the interior tropical forest, the temple in New Delhi is situated in the heart of the capital of India, where there is no bar on even young ladies offering worship. Any devotee, male or female, without restriction of age, caste, creed, religion and nationality can worship here. The requirement for the devotees is to adhere to the normal temple practices ans scrupulously maintain purity so as to maintain the sanctity of the Temple.

While the Lord at Sabarimala is seated in the yogic "Veerasanam" pose showing the mystic sign of "Chinmudra" by the right hand, prefers to be on "Yoga Nidra" to generate and conserve power and do not like to be disturbed except on specified periods, the Lord at New Delhi is seated with the right leg suspended and holding the pot of Nectar (Amritha Kalasa) which has been generated by His tapas at Sabarimala and freely distributing amongst His devotees here.

Devotees and Viewers are requested to please send their contribution on details and addresses of other Ayyappa temples in their villages/cities so that the same can be incorporated in this site.

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