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Ayyappa puja held in Happy Valley complex

DNMUM264497 | 12/29/2012 | Author : Varsha Dugar | WC :240 | Religion & Spirituality



Residents of Happy Valley complex in Manpada, Thane, worshipped Lord Ayyappa on December 16 with homams, pujas and mahaprasadam. This was followed by a traditional Kerala dance Thaiyyam.
It was a mix of piety and pleasure at the society with all communities coming together to worship Ayyappa, the presiding deity of the hill shrine, Sabarimala.
The day started with Ganapati Homam at 5.30pm, followed by Veda Parayanam, Vilakku puja and bhajans. Residents of Happy Valley, with their friends and relatives and also people from the neighbouring societies participated in the event. The highlight of the morning rituals were the hundred diyas that were lit by devotees. They chanted God's name thousand times.
Ayyappa puja was observed at many places on Thursday.
Aruna Chavan, a member of Happy Valley Ayyappa puja samithi, said, "We have kept our puja similar to the traditional Kerala puja. The mandap was made from banana stem. Coconuts were used for decoration. Malayali dishes were served on banana leaves for mahaprasadam."
The Ayyappa puja samithi had made arrangements to serve almost 1,500 people including society members and outsiders. People relished payasam, pachdi, aviyal, perippu, rice, sambhar and toran.
Mahaprasadam was followed by devi puja and Ayyappa puja in the evening. For people from other communities watching Thaiyyam, the traditional Kerala dance, was an interesting experience.
KN Banerjee, a resident of the society, said, "I enjoy the Ayyappa puja celebrations held in our society for its simplicity."

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