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Why is Sharakol or Arrow carried to and thrown at Sharakmuthi at Sabarimala?

The first time visitors of AyyappaTemple (Kanni Ayyappas) throw Sharakol or Arrows at Sharamkuthi. But why do Ayyappas carry arrows to Sabarimala? Legend has it that after defeating the Marava Pada (an army of bandits) and Udayanan (the leader of the bandits), Ayyappa, Vavar, Kadutha and the army crossed the Enjiparakotta and headed towards and reached Pampa.
From here the warriors headed by Ayyappa went towards Nili Mala. And they reached the Sabari Peedam.
Here Ayyappa asked his warriors to put down all the weapons. The warriors put down their bow, arrows, swords, spears and other weapons under a peepal tree.
After that they entered the temple of Dharma Shasta (the SabarimalaAyyappaTemple).
First time visitors to AyyappaTemple, known as Kanni Ayyappas, throw Sharakols or arrows in memory this divine act.
Symbolically, one should enter the SabarimalaTemple with devotion only.
The army then rebuilt the temple that was destroyed by the bandits. Ayyappa then merged with the murti at t…

Manasarovar Lake and Temple in Vrindavan

ManasarovarLake and Temple in Vrindavan in Mathura is a holy place associated with Sri Krishna and Radha Rani. ManasarovarLake is on the outskirts of the Vrindavan town and is about 30-minute drive from the town. The temple here is unique as it only has the murti of Radha. The lake and the temple are associated with the Raas Lila incident.
The popular belief is that the ManasarovarLake was formed when Radha cried. Her tears formed the lakeManasarovar at Vrindavan.
During the Raas Lila, Radha Rani was proud of the fact that she was dearest to Sri Krishna. During Raas Lila, a Krishna was dancing with each gopi. But Radha was always proud that she was the dearest and could make Sri Krishna do anything for her. Krishna then suddenly took Radha to a secluded place.
A proud Radha wanted to test the love of Sri Krishna, so she asked Him to carry her on His shoulders. Sri Krishna asked her to sit on His shoulders. But when Radha was about to sit, Sri Krishna disappeared.
Unable to bear the pa…

Story of Ayyappa – Legend of Lord Ayyappa of Sabarimala – Simple Ayyappa Story

Ayyappa is the Hindu God worshipped in the famous SabarimalaAyyappaTemple in Kerala. Story of Ayyappa is based on legends that are popular in South India. Legend has it that Mahishi, sister of Mahishasura, wanted to avenge the death of her brother. Mahishasura was killed by Goddess Durga. To become powerful Mahishi did intense penance and made Brahma appear before her.
As a boon, Mahishi demanded that she should only be killed by a son born to Shiva and Vishnu. She also demanded such a son should also live among the human beings for 12 years.
After getting the boon, Mahishi attacked all living beings and started propagating Adharma. Living beings approached Shiva and Vishnu. They promised to put an end to the reign of Mahishi.
Shiva once happened to hear about the beauty of the Mohini incarnation of Vishnu. Shiva wanted to see the Mohini incarnation. Vishnu then appeared before Shiva as Mohini and from the union was born Ayyappa – HariHara Putra.
The child was found by King of Pandal…

How many Aarti for Shiva? – How Many Arati Should Be Waved or Performed to Shivling?

Aarti is an important part of prayers and pujas to Shiva. Devotees have doubts as to how many number of times Arati should be performed to the Shivling. Aarti Gumana is performed daily in Hindu homes. Gumana means to go in circle.
One has to wave Aarti eleven times around the Shivling. 11 Times is the number suggested by pandits and elders.
The same number of times one should wave the Aarti around paintings, pictures and murti of Shiva.

While waving the Arati one chant the Shiva Panchakshari Mantra – Om Namah Shivaya.

How many times should we go around Hindu God Ganesha in Temple? – Ganesha Circumambulation

How many times should a devotee go around Ganesha murti in a Hindu temple? Now this is a perplexing question as there are no written rules. And the number of times people go around varies from region to region. Circumambulation, or simply going around, of deity in the sanctum sanctorum is an important part of temple visit.
But as per majority of pandits, astrologers and pujaris, one should go around Ganesha in a temple three times.
Three circumambulations should be made in a GaneshTemple.
But there are people who do 3 or 5 or 7. This is also permitted in many regions.
But one should never do 2 or 4 or 6 circumambulation around Ganesha.