man, man only irrespective of age, caste, profession, language,
religion, region etc. can adore him. Yes, adore him with a
difference. It begins with wearing of Mala - a rosary for keeping
count of the divine name after due propitiation, preferably in a
temple under the aegis of Guru.
very moment he puts on the Mala around the neck, he becomes God
Ayyappa in spirit, effect and merit. And Lo! he passes for divine
Ayyappa till he reaches the Sannidhi, atop the Sabarimala by
ascending the holy eighteen steps and offering prayers with the
Pooja materials carried with him in the sacred Irumudi - an
auspicious cloth bag with two compartments for keeping sacred
objects of worship. The injunctions prescribed for the spiritual
sadhaka are many, and rather rigorous. The Ayyappa according to the
cult has to shed his ego-sense, manifested in anger, lust, greed and
their vicious allies first and last.