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Who is the author of Harivarasanam?

Harivarasanam song is sung when doors of the sanctum sanctorum of the SabarimalaAyyappaTemple is closed for the day at night. This divine song which drenches the eyes of Ayyappa devotees in tears was written Kumbakudi Kulathur Iyer. Harivarasanam lyrics were composed in 1950. Kumbakudi Kulathur Iyer used to sing it daily when the temple doors were closed after performing the Athazapuja – serving the last meal of the day to Ayyappa. Today it is known as the Urakku Pattu – or the song that sends Ayyappa to sleep. In the beginning, the main priest used to play flute while closing the doors of the temple. Harivarasanam became the Urakku Pattu of Ayyappa after the infamous fire incident in the 50s, which burn down the old temple. When the new temple was built and the pujas commenced, Harivarasanam was inducted as the Urakku Pattu – the song to send Ayyappa to sleep. Swami Vimochananda and Vadakatham Ishwaran Namboodiri (who was the then melsanthi – chief priest) was responsible for making …

How to End the Sabarimala Vratam after visiting the Ayyappa Temple?

Most devotees on returning home after the darshan of Lord Ayyappa at SabarimalaTemple end the Vratam. Ayyappa devotees remove the Mudra Mala and hang it on the idol or painting of Lord Ayyappa at home. The mudra mala should not be placed carelessly anywhere. Some devotees remove the Ayyappa mala at a nearby temple where they had worn the mala.

The mantra to be chanted for removing the Mala is Apoorvamachalaarooha
Divyadarshan Karana
Shastra Mudrathaka Deva
Dehime Vrtamochanam After chanting this mantra the devotee should call aloud Swamiyeee Saranam Ayyappaa…and break a coconut and remove the mudra mala.
The general belief is that the Ayyappa devotee should enter home only in the evening after sighting a lamp after his SabarimalaAyyappaTemple darshan. If he reaches his place early, he spends the time at a nearby temple and waits till evening. Family waits at door in the evening with a lamp to welcome back the devotee. The family members invite the devotee by chanting Swamiyeee Saranam…

Ashtadasha Puranas – Which are the Ashtadasa Puranas? - The Ashtadasha Purana Shloka

Ashtadasha Puranas are the 18 important Puranas associated with Hindu Religion. There is a shloka which gives the first syllable of the name of each Purana. It is known as Ashtadasha Purana Shloka.
The Shloka is given below:
Ma Dwayam Bha Dwayam Chaiva Bra ThrayamVa Chaturdhakam, Anaapalinga kuskanicha....
Vishnu Purana Naradiya Purana Padma Purana Garuda Purana Varaha Purana Bhagavata Purana Matsya Purana Kurma Purana Linga Purana Vayu Purana Skanda Purana Agni Purana Brahmanda Purana Brahmavaivarta Purana Markandeya Purana Bhavishya Purana Vamana Purana Brahma Purana
Note – Shiva Purana is not considered as a part of Ashtadasha Puranas in some texts because it is considered as part of Linga Purana.
Note – In many modern list of Puranas Vayu Purana is replaced by Shiva Purana.

Tatwamasi Android App to Help Sabarimala Ayyappa Temple Bound Vehicles

Tatwamasi is an android app developed to help devotees who are traveling to SabarimalaAyyappaTemple in vehicles. If your vehicle suffers a break down at any point in Kerala, you can contact the control room of Motor Vehicle Department using the app.
Using the App you can get information related to hospitals, restaurants, hotels, petrol pumps, gas filling stations and guest houses on the road to Sabarimala. The app also provides train timings, KSRTC phone numbers and parking information at Pampa.
The app is available in google playstore and at the official website of Kerala Motor Vehicle Department.

All the misery of the world is caused by this slavery to the senses – Swami Vivekananda

Deep down in our subconscious mind are stored up all the thoughts and acts of the past, not only of this life, but of all other lives we have lived...
Each one of these is striving to be recognized, pushing outward for expression, surging, waveafter wave, out upon the objective mind, the conscious mind.
These thoughts, the stored-up energy, we take for natural desires, talents, etc. It is because we do not realise their true origin. We obey them blindly, unquestioningly; and slavery, the most helpless kind of slavery, is the result; and we call ourselves free.
Free! We who cannot for a moment govern our own minds, nay, cannot hold our minds on a subject, focus it on a point to the exclusion of everything else for a moment! Yet we call ourselves free. Think of it! We cannot do as we know we ought to do even for a very short space of time. Some sense desire will crop up, and immediately we obey it. Our conscience smites us for such weakness, but again and again we do it, we are alwa…