Ayyappa Pahi Mam- A malayalam prayer describing the route from Erumeli to Sabarimala temple
(Here is a great prayer describing in what way the pilgrimage to Sabari Mala should be done from Erumeli .The pilgrimage is a period of six days with stay at Erumeli. Kallidam kunnu, Neelimala , two days in Sabarimala and then Erumeli. This is considered as the long route to Sannidhanam from ERumeli. Some of the terms and names may not be known to people who have not gone to Sabari Mala Pilgrimage .They are
1.Erumeli- The pilgrimage to Sabari Mala commences from here. All devotees dress up like tribal men and dance here (Petta Thullal) , go round the temple of Petta Sastha, Vavar andDharma Sastha and then proceed to Perur thodu.
2.Perur Thodu –It is a stream which is about 3 km from Yerumeli. Ayyappan’s Poongavanam (garden forest) starts from here. It is also called KOttapadi.
3.Kala Ketti –This is about 12 km from Perur thodu.Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvathi who came to see the killing of Mahishi by Lord Ayyappa , it seems tied their steed Nandi here.
4.Azhutha river-.It is a rivulet which is about 3 km from Kala Katti. Pilgrims take bath in the river and proceed further taking a stone (Kallu) from the river.
5.Azhutha medu- The stone taken from Azhutha river is put here . This place is also called Injiparai kottai and Udumparai
6.Kari Mala-lierally black mountain .This also is considered as the temple of Lord Shiva .There is also a spring called Kari Mal kinaru here . It is believed that Lord Ayyappa killed the Thief called Udayanan.
There are two resting places here called Periyanavattam and Cheriyana vatytam.
7.Pamba river- The road going to the temple starts from here.People take bath here , do pooja, do Tharpanam and give food as charity.
8.Neeli Mala-This is also called Appachi Medu.Here the pilgrims worship the Gods of the forest.
9.Sabari Pedam- This is the place where the woman sage called Sabari was waiting for the arrival of Lord rama.
10. Pathittu Padi- These are the 18 steps the Pilgrim must climb to reach the temple of Lord Ayyappa
11.Kumbalam thodu- This is a small stream near the temple from where water for anointing the God is taken,A dip in this stream is believe tto completely purify you.
12.Malika Purathamma -This is the Yakshi who due to curse became a Rakshasi called Mahishi. When she got back her from , she requested Lord Ayyappa to marry her.Declining her request the Lord made her the Goddess of Sabari hills, She has a separate temple.
13.Kadutha swami –He is the assistant of Lord Ayyappa and is the security guard to the eighteen steps)
Marthyorokkeyum ayyane koopuvan,
Kootamode Erumeliyil chennitu,
Petta kondati Ayyappa , Pahi mam
1.Peoople of all over the world .
Without any fear went to Erumeli ,
For the sake of saluting the lord ,
And celebrated Petta, Oh Ayyappa , please protect me.
2. Aathamodham vasichu pularkale ,
Kotta vathil kadannu nadannu poi,
Theerthamam peru thottil kulichudan,
Parthale nadannu , Ayyappa Pahi Mam.
2.Afte living there with great joy, at dawn,
They crossed the Kotta Vathil (door of fort) and ,
Walking further, they took bath in the sacred waters of Perur thodu(Perur stream) ,
They walked further , Oh Ayyappa , please protect me.
3.Inbamodothu Kala ketti kada-
Nambinode yazhuthaa nadhi pukku ,
Vanpiyaklum azhuthayil snanavum ,
Kambamenniye Ayyappa, Pahi Mam.
3.After crossing with pleasure Kala katti,
Speedily reaching the river Azhutha,
They took bath in river Azhutha,
Without any problem, , Oh Ayyappa, please protect me.
4.EEsa puthranaam ayyane chinthichittu,
AAsayodoru kallu meduthu udan,
AAsu keriya kallidum kunninmel,
Vasam annavarayyappa , Pahi mam.
4.After thinking about the Lord who is son of God,
With great love we immediately take a stone ,
And climb on the hill and drop the stone ,
And live there that day, Oh Ayyappa , please protect me.
5.Ulkanivode pinne pular kaale ,
Vekkam angu chavutti Karimala ,
Pokkameriya kunnum kadannavar,
Pukku pambayil, Ayyappa Pahi Mam.
5.Then in the early morning with a compassionate mind ,
Speedily taking steps on the Karimala ,
And crossing that very tall hill,
They reach Pamba, Oh Ayyappa, please protect me.
6.OOzhi thannil prasidhamaam Panbayil,
Snanavum cheithu, sadhya kazhichudan,
Kozha koodathe Neelimala Keri,
Vasamenniye Ayyappa , Pahi Mam.
6.Then after taking their bath, in the world famous ,
River Pamba and after partaking the feast there ,
Without problem climbing without ,
Breath the Neelimala, ,Oh Ayyappa , Please protect me .
7.Yethayum vismayamaam guhakal ,
Kandothukoodi sabari peedathingal,
Thathra ninnu Sabariye Vandhichu,
Bhakthi poorvamai, Ayyappa, Pahi Maam.
7.Then after seeing the caves which create,
Great wonder in you and meeting together ,
At the Sabari Peeda and standing there ,
Saluting Sabari with devotion, Oh Ayyappa, Please protect me.
8.Yere modhaal pathinetty nalpadi ,
Keri chennu thozhuthu bhagawane ,
Mari ponnu kudilum chamachudan ,
Mara thulyanam Ayyappa , Pahi mam.
8,Then after great joy climbing ,
The great eighteen steps you salute the God,
And then come by another way ,
And build immediately a hut,
Oh Ayyappa who is as pretty as God of love , Please protect me.
9.Ayyane ninachu annu vasichudan ,
Payye neram pularum dasanthare ,
Chovvinodu thirichu vadakkottu ,
Deivamayulloru Ayyappa , Pahi Mam.
9.Staying there that day Meditating on the lord,
And slowly at the time nearing the dawn,
Properly go towards the north,
Oh Ayyappa who is God, please protect me.
10.Othu koodi akumbalam thodathil,
Badhamodhena snanavum dhanavum,
SAdhyayum kazhichangume ponnudan,
Pukka ambalthil Ayyappa Pahi Mam,.
10.Then joining together at Kumbalam Thodu(stream),
And after taking bath there and giving charities ,
And also partake in the feast there and coming back,
And again enter the temple , Oh Ayyappa, please protect me.
11.Ororo janam paarathe vannitangu,
Aadharena thozhuthu BHagwane ,
Sakthikotha vazhipadokkeyum ,
Bhakthiyai kazhichayyappa Pahi Mam,
11.Then each and every person with great respect,
And devotion salute the God ,
And do rituals of the temple as per their capacity,
And with devotion, Oh Lord Ayyappa, Please protect me.
12.Avvannam thanne pinne pular kaale ,
Chovvode Mala thanneyum ammayum,
SArvarum Kadutha swami thanneyum,
Chennu vandhicchar Ayyappa, Pahi Mam.
12.In that same way next day dawn,
All people properly togther ,
Went and worshipped the mother,
And Kadutha Swami, Oh Lord Ayyappa , Please protect me.
13.Annu thanne mala irangeettu ,
Vannu lokar yerumeliyil parkkunnu ,
Thingina maala agathenam yennude ,
Sankarathmajan Ayyappa, Pahi Mam.
13.That same day after getting down from mountain,
All people again reach and live in Yerumeli together ,
And Then I have to remove my Maala (Thulasi bead chain),
Oh Ayyappa who is son of Lord Shiva , Please protect me.