Article on Ayyappa Vrutham and Sabari Yatra Series I S.NO 6.00
The Almighty Bhagawan favours some types of beads. Thulasi,
Tamarai (lotus), Rudraksha, Spatika. One can adorn a mala made of any one of
them. The amsa (attributes) of Shiva seems to be predominant in Murugan and
that of Vishnu in sastha. Thulasi is the favourite leave for Vishnu hence it is
but natural that Dharma Sastha should favour thulasi beads. One does pooja (Offer
prayers and courtesies) to the string of beads (Mala) and invite the rudra
ganas (minions or angels of Rudra) and assume that these Ganas will protect the
wearer of the Mala. We pray to Ayyappa “ Ho Ayyappa we wear your Mala and start
the vratha (Austerities) may you protect my vratha and allow me to have the
bliss of your darshan.
To get the grace of God one needs the correct guidance and
hence it is imperative to have this from our preceptor i.e. our Guru. We cannot
even approach GOD without the grace of the Guruswamy. The Guruswamy acts as a
bridge between the GOD and the bhaktha (seeker). The Guru makes it easy for the
bhaktha to attain the grace of the GOD as quickly as possible. Hence one adorns
the Mala from the Guru and only then bhaktha becomes eligible to keep the vrath
The bhaktha should not remove the mala till one returns from
Sabarimala. There are certain circumstances that during the course of the vrath
one would be forced to remove the mala and discontinue the vrath. One can approach
their Guruswamy for more details. These are called “thittu” or impurities which
occur due to circumstances such as obsequies etc. It is best for us to take
direct advice on such circumstances from the Guruswamy. If one removes mala in
such circumstances they cannot make the Sabari yatra (pilgrimage) that year.
When one wears the Mala it is assumed that Sri Ayyappa
himself enters the soul of the bhaktha to protect him from all evil effects. It
is because of this fact that bhakthas wearing mala call each other “Ayyappa”.
Is it not apt to call one who is always thinking of Ayyappa as “Ayyappa”?
It is also a practice to call a Bhaktha as Kanni (Virgin)
when he or she wears the mala for the first such pilgrimage he makes. Do we not
call our daughter a Kanni (Virgin) till we hand her over to her husband? It is
a very similar situation that we call the bhaktha a virgin till one enjoys the
bliss of the union with Sabarimala Nathan.
One should approach their Guruswamy and ask all their doubts
on the Vrath and all other related matters. One should not hesitate to clarify
their doubts lest they break the austerities and they should not feel shy to approach
their Guru as he is there to provide all such clarifications. The Guru shows
his grace by showering his blessings thus making us eligible to keep our vrath
properly and have the darshan of the Lord. The Guru explains the path and its
tenets in such simple words that they are forever etched in the minds of the
bhaktha just as a parent would do to their child. One must thank their fate for
acquiring a good Guru and must adhere to his advice at all cost.