The Ayappa temple at R.K puram is one of the most important and prominent places of workship in Northern India. A large number of devotees from different parts of the country such as Uttar prades, Haryana, Punjab, Rajasthan etc. are visiting the temple and participating in all important religious festivals like Mandalam, Makara vilakku, Ulsavam etc. Lord Ayappa’s sublime manifestation and reaching his abode and having his darshan is indeed a transcendental experience. The worship of Lord Ayappa expresses in practical terms the profound significance of the vedic saying ‘Tat Tvam Asi’ – essentially you are the Transcendental reality. So whenever we chant ‘ Swamiye Saranam Ayappa’ we experience an inner transformation. With this chant. we consign our bestiality and depravity to the sacrificial fire that keeps burning in the abode of the Lord.
Mandalam, Makavilakku and Annual Ulsavam are the most important festivals in this temple. The 41 days Mandalam celebrations begin on the 16/17th of November and conclude on 26/27th of December every year. The ten days long annual Ulsavam is celebrated every year during the month of February/March with great enthusiasm and fevour.