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Significance of Sabarimala Ayyappa

The soul of Sanatana Dharma lies in the immortal Upanishad words ‘tattvamasi’ – Thou Art That. This great uttering becomes a reality at the abode of Lord Ayyappa. When standing before Ayyappa with tear drenched eyes, realization dawns on each devotee that Supreme Soul and I are one. Caste, creed, color, religion, and social status melt away before Ayyappa, who is aptly referred as Dharma Shasta – one who teaches and upholds Dharma. Social equality, which often remains in paper and speeches, becomes a reality during the Sabarimala pilgrimage. Philosopher and ordinary mortal becomes numb before Lord Ayyappa and enters into a frozen state for a split second before giving way to the following devotee.Amidst the full throated chanting of Swamiye Saranam Ayyappa, devotees forget to open the long list of materialistic needs. Many devotees re-enter the long queue with a determined mind to open the long list of materialistic needs but believe it or not each time the devotee forgets himself an…