What is the meaning of Pathinettam padi?

What is the meaning of Pathinettam padi?

Pathinettam Padi, which means the 18th step, has a religious significance in Hinduism. The uphill trek to Sabarimala temple in Kerala is only complete when a pilgrim climbs up the final 18 steps to reach the sanctum sanctorum.

What does 18 steps in Sabarimala represent?

These signify emotions: Krodh (anger), kama (love), lobh (greed), moh (lust), asooya (jealousy), dhoombh (boastfulness), madha (unhealthy competition) and maltsarya (pride). It is believed that climbing up the steps while chanting helps control emotions that cause pain in the world.

Why is Sabarimala famous?

Sabarimala is believed to be the place where Lord Ayyappa meditated after killing the powerful demoness, Mahishi. Sabarimala is a popular pilgrim centre in India. Located towards the east of Pathanamthitta district in Kerala, the Sabari hills are part of the world famous Periyar Tiger Reserve.

Why Ayyappa is a Brahmachari?

Hinduism believes that Lord Ayyappa chose to be a Naistika Brahmacharya, which implies that he wishes to be celibate and withdrawn from civilisation. While that may stand true, people are quick to place the responsibility of the maintenance of this celibacy on women.

How is Ayyappa born?

It is believed that he was born out of the union between Lord Shiva and the mythical Mohini, who is also regarded as an avatar of Lord Vishnu. Therefore, Ayyappa is also called as ‘ Hariharan Puthiran’ which means the son of both Hari or Vishnu and ‘ Haran’ or Shiva.

How did Sabarimala get its name?

During the times of Ramayana, there lived an ascetic woman named Sabari in this region. She was doing a strict penance for several years only to see Lord Sriram. Finally Ram visited her and accepted her humble offerings. The hill got the name Sabarimala after this historical character.

Why Ayyappan legs are tied?

Pandala’s king brought a golden belt and tied it around the Lord’s legs so that the Lord felt comfortable to sit in the position and remained in the temple to bless the devotees forever. That’s why we find the golden belt tied to the legs of Ayyappan.