Ayyappa Puja


Ayyappan, known as Dharmasasta or Sasta, represents the fusion of Shiva and Vishnu’s essence, revered as an incarnation of Lord Sree Dharma Sastha and widely worshipped, particularly by the Pandya Royal Community.

Ayyappa Puja is a significant worship ritual dedicated to Lord Ayyappan, also known as Dharmasasta, Maṇikanṭhan, or Sasta. Lord Ayyappan is a unique deity who is considered to be an incarnation of Lord Sree Dharma Sastha, a fusion of Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu. This puja holds special importance and is primarily followed by the Pandya Royal Community.

Lord Ayyappan’s story is associated with the divine gift of a bejeweled bell necklace from Lord Vishnu when he was born, which is why he is also called Manikantha. His other popular name is Dharma Shastha. Ayyappa Puja is a way for devotees to seek blessings and guidance from Lord Ayyappan, who is believed to protect and guide them on their spiritual journey.


Ayyappa Puja has several significant benefits:

  1. Mastering the Mind: This puja assists in gaining better control over one’s own mind, which is crucial for inner peace and spiritual growth.
  2. Self-Control and Self-Esteem: Ayyappa Puja helps individuals develop self-control and self-esteem, attributes that can contribute to their success in various aspects of life.
  3. Mitigating Shani Graha Effects: Performing this puja is believed to reduce the adverse effects caused by Shani Graha (the planet Saturn) in one’s horoscope, enhancing overall well-being.
  4. Purification of Mind, Body, and Soul: Ayyappa Puja contributes to the purification of the mind, body, and soul, promoting a healthy and happy life.

By engaging in this worship, devotees seek spiritual growth, mental clarity, and the blessings of Lord Ayyappan to lead a fulfilling life.