Temple History of Sree Ayyappa Temple

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An Ayyappa Temple Similar in architecture to the one at sabrimala in Kerala Has been Built up at Mahaveer Nagar Jaipur Rajasthan under the aegis of Sree Dharma Shastha Sewa Samiti. This would not have been possible but for the desire and devotion of a number of devotees drawn from South & North.

Sree Jaipur Ayyappa Temple front View

 

The origin of the Samiti can be traced to the formation in 1979 of a Bhajana Unit at the residence of Smt. Lakshmikutty Amma, a humble devotee. At the same time a band of young and dedicated volunteers offered themselves to conduct periodical Bhajana at the houses of desirous and pious persons. This Bhajana Unit expanded itself into an Organisation called Sree Dharmasastha Sewa Samiti, Jaipur in 1982. Now the samiti is a registered society. On procuring a piece of land from Mahaveer Nagar Vikas samiti, the idea of constructing an Ayyappa Temple was mooted by Sree Dharmasastha Sewa Samiti. Towards this end, the foundation stone of the proposed temple was laid at 9.30 A.M. on September 07th 1984, an auspicious Onam day.

Through monetary offerings received at several Bhajana sessions conducted at many a household, donations in cash and kind obtained from large section of devotees, friends and well wishers, by going round Jaipur from house to house with the Ayyappa Jyoti, particularly during the first fortnight of January 1986 when the cold wave was at its height. The offerings, mainly from salaried class, were offered with a large heart. And subscriptions collected for publication of its first ever souvenir, funds were raised for the construction and Prana Prathishta of the Temple.

The Sanctum Sanctorum is on the first floor and is approached by a flight of Eighteen Steps reminiscent of the Eighteen Steps in the Ayyappa temple at Sabrimala in Kerala. The Sanctum Sanctorum was ready for installation (Prana Pratishta) of the Idol (made of Krishna shila) of Lord Ayyappa. This Auspicious occasion came on Makara Sankranti Day, January 14th 1986 at 10.00 A.M. when three Namboodri Preists who came all the way from Kerala especially for this & installed the Sacred Idol of Lord Ayyappa in the Sanctum Sanctorum (Sreekovil) with the accompaniment of Nadaswaram and soulful chorus of SWAMIYE SARANAM AYYAPPA from large number of devotees present.