Jalahalli Sree Ayyappan Temple
There are many Temples dedicated to Lord Ayyappa in Kerala, the holiest being the one at sacred Sabari Hills. The sphere of influence of Lord Ayyappa had spread beyond the boundaries of Kerala and new Ayyappan Temples had started springing up at various places not only in the other States of the South and North India but even in other countries also. The first such Ayyappa Shrine to have come up outside Kerala State in the Temple at Jalahalli West, Bangalore, the installation ceremony of which was conducted on 17th April 1967.
Jalahalli Sree Ayyappan Temple was doubly blessed for the installation ceremony in 1967 was performed by the then Supreme Priest of Holy Sabarimala Temple and Travancore Devaswam Board Late Brahmasree Thazhaman Madham Kantararu Sankararu Thanthri, who had performed the re-installation at Holy Sabarimala. Further, the splendid and dazzling Panchaloha Idol of Lord Jalahalli Dharmasastha was moulded by well known sculptor Late Sri. T.M. Neelakanta Panicker of Chengannur, who had sculpted the most divine Idol at Sabarimala.
Within a short span of time, this temple has grown as a Mahakshethra and became a focal point of worship to millions of devotees not only in Karnataka, but also all over the world. The temple is situated on Subroto Mukherji Road at Jalahalli West, about one KM northwards from 12th KM stone at Jalahalli Cross on Bangalore-Pune NH. As per the desire of large number of devotees, Devaprasnam was conducted by renowned Astrologers and according to the advice of Thanthri, the renovation of entire Temple Complex was carried out as per Vasstu. The new Sreekovil is in the model of Sabarimala Sreekovil for Lord Ayyappa. New sub-shrines were also built for Lord Ganapathi, Devi Durga, Lord Subramanian, Navagrahas and Nagadevathas. The re-installation ceremony of Lord Ayyappa, Lord Ganapathy and Devi Durga were performed on 26th April 2004 and Lord Subramanian in 2005 by the then Chief Priest of Holy Sabarimala Late Brahmasree Thazhaman Madham Neelakantararu Thanthri.
Navagraha prathishta was peformed on 8th June 2006 by Brahmasree Thazhaman Madhom Rajeevaru Thanthri. New Valiyambalam, Vilakkumadam, Balikkalppura and Thidappalli were also built. Kumbhabhishekam of New Rajagopuram in traditional Kerala style and new Teakwood Dhwajasthambham with Gold covering was also performed, making this Temple entirely built on aesthetical Vaastu style, as designed by Vaastu exponent Cheruvalli Narayanan Namboodiri. Marvellous workmanship of expert wood and Stone Master Craftsmen can been seen in every structure of this renovated Temple. The wood work is done with special teak wood from world famous Nilambur forests and stone work is done with special 'Krishnasila'. The re-installation of Lord Ayyappa was done after performing 'Shadadhara Prathishta' and 'Garbanyasa' Process which can be seen only in very few great Temples. The new Office-cum-Library Complex with all modern amenities was inaugurated by Art of Living Chief Sri Sri Ravi Shankar on 1st November 2006. Gold covering of Main Sreekovil will be taken up shortly.
Annul Dhwajotsavam of the Temple is for 8 days during Malayalam month Dhanu 1 to 8 (December 16 to 23). Kodiyettu (Flag hoisting) will be after Deeparadhana on 1st Dhanu (16th December). Utsavabali will be on 7th Dhanu (22nd December) at 12 Noon. Pallivetta will be on the same day night at 9.00 PM. Arattu (Ceremonial bathing of Idol in river or pond) will be on 8th Dhanu(23rd December). Kodiyirakku will be after Arattu at night around 9.30 PM. Procession for Pallivetta and Arattu will be with caparisoned Elephant. Special Poojas and various programmes will be there during Utsavam. Ayyappa Bhaktha Samithis of nearby areas will do their special poojas on grant scale with colourful profession and varieties of stage programmes during Utsavam.
Various programmes are being conducted especially during Utsavam and other festival occasions such as Classical Music, Devotional Songs, Bhajan, Classical Dance, Kathakali, Yakshagana, Panchavadyam, Thayampaka etc.
Jalahalli Sree Ayyappan Temple,
S.M. Road, Jalahalli West
Bangalore - 560 015.
Phone Number: 28394222, 41172608/609
Ancient Temples in Bangalore
Ayyappa temple in Jalahalli have elephant named Girija Prasad alias Manikantan. In 2000 a devotee from Kerala, Jacob Abraham, gifted the elephant, to the Ayyappa Temple at Jalahalli. Subsequently, the Forest Department issued a certificate of ownership to the temple. The temple and the elephant became so famous devotees from near and far came to Jalahalli in Bangalore to have a darshan of the deity as well as the elephant, and the animal attained the status of an icon for the temple.
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