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London AYYAPPAN Temple
Lord Ayyappa is known as “Hariharasuta” because he is the son of Hari (Vishnu), the saviour and Hara (Shiva), the destroyer. His most common name is “Manikanta” because when the king Rajasekara Pandiya of Pandalam found little Ayyappan in a forest, there was a “mani” (bell) tied around his neck.Lord Ayyappa is also known as Dharma Sastha, as some consider him to be born out of the union between Mohini (an avatar of Vishnu) and Shiva.
In the beginning there was only make shift temple in a thatched shed along with the charitable centre near the location. With the enthusiastic support and commitment and years of relentless efforts of the members and trustees, backed by an abundance of divine grace of His GurusamySreedharan, the temple was designed in typical Kerala style conforming to the traditional shastraic stipulations and was completed on September 2008.
The kumbabishekam and consecration of the Vigraha were performed on 16th September 2008 by temple priests. Simultaneously, consecration of the vigrahas of sahadevatas Lord Ganesha and Subramanya, Shiva, and Goddess Durga (Manjamatha) was also performed by the priest. Later aNavagraha shrine was also added in the temple .The main sanctum of Lord Ayyappa is facing west situated inside the Chuttambalam with LordGanesha and shiva to the left and Goddess Durga (Manjamatha) and Lord subramanya to the right, all facing the east.
The Navagraha shrine is located on the south east corner of the temple. The vigrahas of Lord Venketeshwara and Anjaneyar along with theurchavamoorthy in a Natamandapam – a unique architectural and structural marvel – with an imposing small Gopuram was added during the year 2010 with a special kumbabhishekam for the urchavamoorthy – swami ayyappan idol made of panchaloha was performed on August 22nd 2010.
History of London AYYAPPAN Temple
The year 1980 witnessed the cult worship of Lord ayyappa being introduced in the UK and the worship was initiated by our holiness Gurusamy P Sreedharan in the abode of Lord Murugan temple located in Eastham, London. Our holiness is well loved and respected by the hindu devotees all over the UK as he continued to inspire them through his devotion, wisdom and innumerable services rendered to Swami Ayyappa. In due course it was the desire of Gurusamy to make everyone participate in the daily bhajans and he did so with the devotees gathering for the bhajans in front of Lord ayyappa idol at the temple premises. The then chief priest of the temple Siva Sri Kailai R Naganathasivam appreciated his work and gave his complete support for the induction of Mandala Thiruvizha on 26th December (Boxing Day) and to be followed every year. It was the desire of theGurusamy to make everyone participate in this great function rather to say, this must raise from the very grassroots. With this idea in mind, they went to every devotees and collected small amount of money to the extent of the money required for the function. This being a first of its kind in London, UK, gave an opportunity to the local residents to meet each other under one roof in the name of Lord Ayyappa.