Ayyappa Deeksha 2017 Dates | Ayyappa Mala in 2017-2018

Ayyappa Deeksha or Ayyappa Mala dharana is the most auspicious spiritual practice observed in Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Kerala during the winter season.

Ayyappa Deeksha 2017 dates – Ayyappa Deeksha begins on Mandala Puja day (15 November 2017) and ends on Makaravilakku day (14 January 2018).

From November 15, 2017: Mandala Kalam begins (Sabarimala Ayyappa 41-days Deeksha). Sannidhanam remains open from November 16.

December 2017 Puja at Sabarimala Temple

Temple remains open on all days till the night on December 26, 2017.

December 26, 2017 – Mandala Puja

December 26, 2017 night – Temple closes

December 30, 2017 – Temple opens for Makaravilakku Puja.

Sabarimala in January 2018

January 14, 2018 – Makaravilakku Puja

Temple remains open on all days till January 20, 2018.

Ayyappa Deeksha is widely observed in Kartika masam (October – November) as per Telugu and Kannada calendars. Kartik Shuukla Padyami, the first day of Kartika masam, is the best and auspicious day to take Ayyappa Deeksha. It falls on October 20, 2017.

Generally, Ayyappa Deeksha duration is 41 days. It is referred as Mandala Deeksha. The Diksha begins at least 41 days before Makar Sankranthi when Makara Jyothi is appeared in Sabarimala. Makara Sankranthi 2018 date is January 14th.

Some devotees also observe 81 days of Deeksha and more devotees take 116 days of Ayyappa diksha starting from Dasara day. Nowadays, some devotees also observe 21 days of Deeksha and culminate Ayyappa mala before Sankranthi. They break their Deeksha in local temples. It is suggested to confirm the dates to start Deeksha from local Brahmins or priests or Guruswami.

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  1. nagaraj says:

    dear ayyappa
    I want to take deeksha what can i do

    • srinivas says:

      First, let me know which location are you? you must visit nearest ayyappa temple and contact tantri and he will guide you….

  2. Rathin says:

    can i take ayyappa deeksha for 15 days

  3. Lona says:

    can we take ayyappa mala for 15 days

  4. Swajith says:

    right time to take ayyappa deeksha 2017 timings

  5. Grahith says:

    In month of may or June I can wear mala for 48 days ,please suggest

    • srinivas says:

      You can but, it is extreme summer and you’ll get dehydrated by climbing the hill and the hill is around 6-8 kms from Pamba Ganapathi Temple to Sanidanam (Abode of Ayyappa). In these months temple opens only twice or thrice a month. best season is Karthik Mas (November). As Ayyappa will also be on diksha in forest during this month and returns to Abode on November last week (ex: Nov 26/27). The temple opens on Nov 26 or Nov 27 and will opened till Jan 20.

  6. Purohithambhargav says:

    Can take ayyappa swamy mala 21 days please comment

  7. Hemsarathreddy says:

    I want to take 7 days dheeksha in may month is it good or bad