Dos and Don’ts of Ayyappa Deeksha- a thought

Dos:1. Do the bath in early morning with normal water. There is a big controversy that on using soap or not. When the rules framed by elders long long ago, there was no soap. So, they didn’t think of future facility. At that time every one was used some home made powders. They didn’t discuss about that powders also. That means the real meaning of this rule is- We must do bath cleanly, which helps us to be healthy and happy in a day.2. Do the bath in evening with normal water. This is also a good healthy guideline to get rid of tiredness of day work. So we can go to bed with good sleep, which is more important to a body.3. Do the pooja in the morning (before sun rise) and evening (after sunset). Poojas or praying god are meant for getting concentration. So, doing pooja in the morning means, we are putting a coma to home life and to getting ready to do the day work. And doing pooja in the evening means, we are putting a coma to day work and to getting ready to do the home life.
These above are not rules; they are the best methods to be happy in our regular life. So, we have to understand that GOD does not get anything from us by our bath and our cleanliness or pooja. It is 100% meant for our health.
Then what is God expecting from human? The answer is Live Happily, and Let Live Others Happily. Whereas every one (except few human beings) trying to do the first half of rule and not at all bothering about second half of the rule. We have to think about this. If one is following the above rule, then he does not need any Deeksha. He is 100% perfect human. God likes this type of people.
4. Have one time meals. This is also very good health point. This is also benefit to us, not to God.
5. Do the Anna Danam to others. This is what God expecting from human being, that is doing favour to others.
6. Sleep on ground without pillow and bed. Every one knows that this is helpful to our perfect blood circulation.
7. Talk less. This will help in getting good results of our job. That means we should not waste our time by simply chatting. It is also good for our efficiency.
8. Eat vegetarian food. This is also good for health.
9. The cook must also do the head bath and then he should prepare food for Swamies. Again it relates to cleanliness, which will stop the unhealthiness.
10. Help others. This is the way to be a good citizen. We have to know the Happiness behind the Helping. This is what we have to learn by doing Deeksha.
11. Make them others happy. This is another important thing we have to learn by Deeksha.
Can’t we do these 10 and 11 without Deeksha? Yes, we can do.
12. Do the Brahmacharya. This the rule framed by elders to get concentration on our training or Deeksha.
13. Maintain simple life. Use minimum things to run the life.

Don’ts:1. Don’t smoke.2. Don’t drink.3. Don’t eat non-vegetarian food.4. Do not use foot wear. This is good for health. The pressure on the foot bottom will keep the all organs of body freshly. This is also helps to us, not to God. Another benefit to us is, when we trekking on Sabarimala hills, it is always better to walk with bare foot, instead of foot wear, which will be slippery.5. Don’t make others unhappy.6. Don’t cheat others.7. Don’t say lies. At the same time we should not make others unhappy by telling truth. Try to avoid that topic, if you are supposed to say A LIE to keep the others happy.8. Don’t do half mandal Deeksha, quarter mandal Deeksha and instant Deeksha. Mandalam means 41 days. In olden days doctors used to give the medicines for a period of Mandalam for chronic diseases. Because it is their experience that the minimum time required by a body to get cured. Similarly to get cured by our mental diseases we need Mandalam days. We can observe the difference of a person before starting Deeksha and end of the Deeksha, with lot of change in behavior and way of thinking, if he is following a perfect Guruswamy.
9. Don’t do hi-tech(LUXURY) Deeksha.
10. Don’t do violence.
11. Don’t proud yourself. Because, the greatness you are feeling is not the great ness of you, it is given to you by the god. So, faithful to the god.
12. Don’t argue with others on any matter. I have seen the swamies arguing on the Rules of Ayyappa Mala, which will break the real goal of Deeksha. Just say the YOU are correct. Then the other person will feel happy. Think that you got the opportunity to make the others happy.
Finally most of the rules are meant for our health, and few are meant for becoming a good citizen.
Generally people follow the above rules in that Deeksha period only, after that they will continue their life with routine bad habits. Then doing the Deeksha is waste. Hope every one will try to reach the ultimate goal of Deeksha. So do the Ayyapp Deeksha properly by understanding the real meanings of rules and regulations and keep continuing the good habits after Deeksha also, which are deserved to our life.
Swami Saranam Swami Saranam Swami Saranam



  • There is no rule that the person who got married shall wait for one year to take diksha. There is no prescribed time line to take Diksha after marriage. People get married and the very next day they take Diksha.

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  • Very Nice explanataion with effective meaning aligning to both Heath and God Perspective.

  • From now until November 17 2012 , practically the Lord’s temple will be empty in Malaysia although we have pujai every Saturday. Looks like Ayyappa swamis devotions only boils like Ponggal rice during November – after getting good business, promotion, lots of money etc from late January- mid November. What a “true” devotion. i have seen the moment some of them get down at KLIA Airport , these swamis rush to the duty free shop to buy duty free whisky & brandy while still in black Ayyappa attire . How do you expect people from other religion to respect us. Bare footed but holding whisky bottle ! The problem is with the Gurusamys – they preach but don’t practice ! Let out a stop of this external show-up worship and let us reach out to our beloved Swamy Ayyappan , our Divine Father within us. Don’t disgrace one of the BEST spiritual practice on earth. Swamy Saranam Sri Dharma Saastha Saranam

  • Thanks for sharing

  • Tons of thanks for sharing this wonderful information. Really helped us to understand all reasons behind the rituals we follow during deeksha.

  • this is wonderful information to swamis to follow the instruction strictly.

    swamiye saranam ayyappa.

  • This message is just not for read, but it follows strictly for all swamis.

    swami ye sharanam ayyappa.

  • Hooo my Lord Swami Ayyappa,Iam praying you all devotees should follow the same old traditional rituals.Sabarimala is the temple where there is no disparity among the peoples,whether he is rich or poor,upper caste or any below caste,where there is ONLY ONE QUEUE for every one.HERE IT SHOWS LORD DONT HAVE ANY DISPARITY AND ALL ARE EQUAL BEFORE GOD”

    Sabarimala is one of the best examples for the fools who are fighting against caste.
    Hoo lord iam surrender @ your lotus feet

  • sir,

    can anybody clarify my doubt, if a person is married, can he take deeksha of lord ayyappa in the same year or he has to give gap, if yes? tell me how many years he should wait for the same.

  • Swamiye saranam ayyappa,
    harihara suthane saranam ayyappa.
    anatharakshakane saranam ayyappa.

    Really the above message given is Good one sir, even i argue with my friends regarding behaviour when they take deeksha and after removing mudra.. i request all my dear friends and ayyappa bakthas please dont make ayyappa yathra as year ending tour. it really hurts, dont make habbit of wearing ayyappa mudra because some of your friends wear. the spirtual power really make u to wear it.. and dont make it fashion. please follow all the above rules given by the dear one whole through the life. lord will be every time with us not only in karthika r makara masa… please please i again request every one dont make ayyappa yatra as a fashion. he is great lord.. there is no word to define him..

  • Really excellent and superb. A very GOOD FAQ for Ayyappa Deveotees. But who cares? In recent times smoking is most common among Gurusamies, then what about his disciples? Even Kannisami’s really thing that smoking is a to be followed during Deeksha due to the behavious of Gurusamis’. Also the lighting camper and spraying rose water at Sannidhanam & Malikapuram is very wrong and I wonder who is practicing this?

  • Hi,

    Need help to know why ayyappa devotees should not see or go for last funeral (Deaths)


  • Very good…………………..

  • Excellent site, gives a precise info on how to observe Sabarimala Yatra. I pray that samies could follow this do’s and don’ts closely and receive Swamy Ayyappan’s blessing’s.

  • Abilash is right.
    Wait for just one year.
    Next year you can come to sabarimala

  • Yes, u a right.My son 2011 is his first year of Ayappan worshipper n when i join the poojas i can see what Rajaji said is true.I as my son’s mother trying my level best to reach Lord Ayappa by purifying three aspects that is be clean in ur mind,heart and speech.

  • Normally pepole dont go to shbarimala for one year if someone has expired in own family .

  • Swamy Saranam,
    There seems to be a shift in the Ayyappan worship trend in Malaysia today. Instead of focusing in the Lord HIMSELF the prayer fashions seems to be Guruswamy” publicity & promotions” activities. Sadhana & Seva are taking back sit. It is not easy to find a true gurusamy nowdays. The earlier generations were Totally Dedicated but now commercialization has set in.
    Many gurusamys seem to emphasize more on external look rather then internal self purification during the 1 mandala viratham. Advises given are “customer made”, standards are ignored and those with more money get more attention. And it is so easy to become a gurusamy nowdays ! Titles such as gurusamy & gurunathars are immediately bestowed to “special peoples” with politicians joining the gang. The core of Swamy Ayyappan worship is slowly disappearing like the morning mist. Greed & desire for glamor & RM$ is taking precedent and we call it sincere worship!

    Let’s reflect on HIS true teaching and do the next generation a favor!

  • Swamiye Saranam Ayyappa
    Very interesting and useful information after seeing this site.

  • Swamiye Sharanam Ayyappa

    Very helpful article ever seen on Ayyappa Deeksha Dos’ Don’ts

  • This tips will help to all devotess…

  • As i m coming 1’st time to sabarimala, please pray that I conduct & fullfillall my Deeksha’s.With my parents blessings as a kaani swami I m begining my journey.
    LORD AYYAPA be with me always & also with other deevootees.

  • swamyee saranam Ayyappa

    People must read this. This is really good.

  • Please adwise me. Rules of wearing ayyapan malai. Reason of asking my own sister pass away on 16/10/2011 and all pray for my sister complete.

  • Really a good Tips for Devotees. I would like to share one link this will really helpful for Ayyappa Devotees

  • very good tips. THANKS,

  • Thank you sir really good.

  • Very Good information to be know by one and all………Swami Sharanam.

  • SImply Superb …..

  • Exactly correct.

    More over, the Deeksha is a self test to every one and increases will power.

    Respecting females, loving children saying they are Manikantha or Manikandas, stopping eating of non veg ( non violence )

    Simplicity — black clothes no shoes,

    understanding self — no shaving no hair cut, no dress

    veryyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy good deeksha.

  • swamy saranam good tips in divine manner

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