Also known as Sastha, Dharmasastha, or Manikandan, Lord Ayyappa is a revered Hindu deity who holds great significance in Southern India, particularly in the state of Kerala, often referred to as “God’s own country.” He is recognized as the God of self-control and is believed to be the divine union of Mohini, the female avatar of Lord Vishnu, and Lord Shiva. Lord Ayyappa is regarded as the embodiment of truth, righteousness, and dharma, with a mission to combat evil forces.
The state of Kerala in India is renowned for its stunning natural beauty, lush flora and fauna, and a rich ancient temple culture. Among the many sacred sites in Kerala, Sabarimala stands out as one of the most revered and famous pilgrimage destinations globally, dedicated to Lord Ayyappa. Devotees from across India and around the world journey to this sacred place to establish a profound spiritual connection with Lord Ayyappa. This deity is prominently mentioned in various Hindu scriptures and holds a position of high veneration in South Indian religious traditions.