"Mandala Kaalam" is a period of 41 days dedicated to spiritual austerities. In Kerala Mandala Kala specifically marks the initiation of austerities for Ayyappa devotees. This period commences on the first day of the Vrishchikam month and concludes on the eleventh day of the Dhanu month (Mid November to the End of December) following the traditional Malayalam calendar. During this period of 41 days the devotees observe Brahmacharya and take up different spiritual practices. Mandala Kaala symbolizes a time when Mother Nature rejuvenates and aligns with Lord Ayyappa and so do the devotees.
’Mandala Kalam’ is a period of 41 days dedicated to spiritual austerities and marks the initiation of austerities for Ayyappa devotees. Following the traditional Malayalam calendar, this period commences on the first day of the Vrishchikam month (mid-November), and concludes on the eleventh day of the Dhanu month (end of December). During this period of 41 days, the devotees observe Brahmacharya and take up different spiritual practices. Mandala Kala symbolises a time when Mother Nature rejuvenates and aligns with Lord Ayyappa and so do the devotees.
During this year's Mandala Kalam, Chinmaya Swayambhu Ayyappa Temple will be hosting a special Mandala Puja. Chinmaya Swayambhu Ayyappa Temple is situated within the sacred Adi Sankara Nilayam, the maternal birthplace of Bhagavan Adi Sankaracharya. According to legend, it is believed that Lord Ayyappa Himself appeared at the sacred temple, inspiring the name ‘Swayambhu Ayyappa’. In this temple, the Lord is in the form of Sri Dharma Sastha, accompanied by Pushkala and Sathyaka, His consort and son respectively. The Temple Complex is also home to ancient shrines dedicated to Lord Sri Rama, Lord Sri Krishna, Lord Ganesha, Lord Vettakkorumakan (Kirata-Shiva), Goddess Nagayakshi and Bhagavati, and a shrine dedicated to Pujya Gurudev Swami Chinmayananda. Daily pujas are offered to all the deities and special pujas are offered on festive occasions.
This year, the Mandala period commences on 17 November and concludes on 27 December. Various pujas and offerings are made to all the deities within the temple during this auspicious time. We welcome devotees to participate by offering special Mandala Pujas and receive the blessings of Sri Dharma Sastha.
The special puja offerings of Mandala Kalam in Chinmaya Swayambhu Ayyappa Temple:
Devotees can offer pujas according to their star on specific days. Please click below for the details of stars and specific days.read more....
1) Aswini (Aswathy) – 25 Nov and 22 Dec
2) Bharani (Bharani) – 26 Nov and 23 Dec
3)Krittika (Karthika) – 27 Novand 24 Dec
4) Rohini (Rohini) – 28 Nov and 25 Dec
5) Mrigashira (Makeeryam) – 29 Nov 29tand 26 Dec
6) Ardra (Thiruvathira) – 30 Nov and 27 Dec
7) Punarvasu (Punartham) – 1 Dec
8) Pushya (Pooyam) – 2 Dec
9) Ashlesha (Ayilyam) – 3 Dec
10) Makha (Makam) – 4 Dec
11) Purva Phalguni (Pooram) – 5 Dec
12) Uttara Phalguni (Utram) – Dec 6th,
13) Hasta (Atham) – Dec 7th, Dec 8th
14) Chitra (Chithira) – Dec 9th
15) Swati (Chothi) – Dec 10th
16) Vishakam (Vishakam) – Dec 11th
17) Anuradha (Anizham) – Dec 12th
18) Jyeshta (Trikketta) – Dec 13th
19) Mula (Moolam) – Dec 14th
20) Purva Ashada (Pooradam ) – Nov 17th, Dec 15th
21) Uttara Ashada (Uthradam) – Nov 18th, Dec 15th
22) Shravana (Thiruvonam) – Nov 19th, Dec 16th
23) Dhanista (Avittam) – Nov 20th, Dec 17th
24) Sathabhisha (Chathayam) – Nov 21st, Dec 18th
25) Purva Bhadrapada (Pururuttathi) – Nov 22nd, Dec 19th
26 ) Uttara Bhadrapada (Uthrattathi) – Nov 23rd, Dec 20th
27) Revati (Revathi) – Nov 24th, Dec 21st