Temple History

It was in the year 1971, a group of Ayyappa devotees joined together in R.K.Puram and assumed a community form and started conducting community pujas, bhajans, kirtans, Ayyappan Pattu (songs in a style praising the Lord in a traditional manner) on a regular basis. As a sequel, the Ayyappa Pooja samithi took birth in 1973. Slowly and steadily the Samithi gained in popularly and on 10th May, 1973, it became a registered body. Since then, the devotees cherished a heart-felt yearning to set up at least a Balalayam (a small modest adobe), if not a sacred shrine, for worshiping the Lord. A Committee, an ad-hoc body, was formed for this purpose and without waiting long, it manifested in the month of June, 1973 in Sector-3 near the DDA flats adjacent to Munirka on Government Land. Worship started with Pujas before a portrait of the Lord. Soon, this improvised hut of the Lord turned into a shrine, attracting a swelling number of devotees from all over Delhi. His Holiness Sri Jayendra Saraswati Swamikal of the famous Kanchi Kamakoti Peetom visited this Ayyappa Shrine which was indeed an auspicious event. He blessed the devotees who initiated this venture. Pujas, rituals, community, bhajans all went on uninterrupted. A pujari (priest) from Kerala took over the charges of Pujas and Rituals so as to conform to the pujas in Kerala style of observance.

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