Sri Ayyappa Mandala Pooja

Šri Ayyappa Mandala Pooja

Šri Ayyappa is Hari Hara Putra (son of both Lords Vishnu who appeared as Mohini and Šiva). He is known to inspire discipline and self-denial in His devotees, which promotes spiritual awareness. An annual ritual for His ardent devotee starts with the Šri Ayyappa Mandala (48 days) Pooja and ends with a pilgrimage (if possible) to His ancient Temple on top of Sabari Hill mid-January, during which period the devotee abstains from certain indulgences. Some of the basic vrata requirements for the Mandala Pooja are to adhere to strict codes of conduct, to abstain from certain luxuries, and engage in regular prayers, etc. This vrata builds inner strength needed for spiritual growth

November 16th, 2019 (Saturday) until Makara Sankrãnti January 14th, 2020 (Tuesday)

Saturday, November 16th, 2019 thru Monday, January 13th, 2020
(daily) 8:15 am – Šri Ayyappa Suprabhãtam followed by pooja.

Every Saturday until Makara Sankrãnti
6:00 pm –  Šri Ayyappa Abhishekam, Bhajans, Pooja, Hãrati.

Scheduled Šri Ganapati Suprabhãtam will be at 7:30 am
Scheduled Šri Venkatešwara Suprabhãtam will be at 7:40 am

Sri Ayyappa devotees who want to have mala blessed (mala dharanam) can have it done during the above period on all days and at any time during Temple hours. Please note: Devotees must be present for Sri Ayyappa Mudra Mala – please visit the Temple counter for further information or call directly at (718) 460-8484 ext 112.  

Makara Sankrãnti (Pongal) & Šri Ayyappa Pooja

Makara Sankrãnti, when the Sun changes its direction Northwards (uttarãyana). Uttarãyana Punya kãlã, which lasts for the first half of the year, is considered more auspicious for leaving one’s body than dakshinãyana. It is mentioned in the Mahãbhãrata that Bheeshma, the grand sire of the Kuru dynasty, waited for Makara Sankrãnti to discard his body.

Pongal, a harvest festival expressing gratitude to the Sun God for the agricultural abundance. The day before Pongal is celebrated as Bhogi, when the house is cleaned up and the refuse is sometimes burned, symbolically getting rid of the old and welcoming new hope.

January 14th, 2020 (Tuesday)

8:00 am – Šri Ayyappa Suprabhãtam
8:00 am – Ãditya Hridayam and Aruna Pãrãyanam, (Soorya Namaskãra Mantrãs).
9:00 am – Šri Soorya Abhishekam, Pooja, Hãrati.
3:30 pm – Kettu Nirackal (Iru Mudi Pooja)
5:00 pm – Šri Ayyappa Abhishekam, Bhajans, Pooja, Hãrati.

*NOTE: The precise moment of Makara Sankrãnti occurs at 3:44 pm on January 14th, 2020 New York time.

Scheduled Šri Ganapati Suprabhãtam will be at 7:30 am
Scheduled Šri Venkatešwara Suprabhãtam will be at 7:40 am
Scheduled Šri Shanmukha Abhishekam will be at 5:00 pm instead of 7:15 pm

Šri Ayyappa Pooja at the Hindu Temple

Poojas and rituals for Šri Ayyappa are performed meticulously with utmost devotion and dedication. All are invited to participate and seek the blessings of Šri Ayyappa.

Sponsorship

Devotees may sponsor the following religious services online. You may also sponsor at the Temple counter or over phone by calling: (718) 460 8484 Ext 112.

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