Ayyappa Deeksha 2023 Dates | Ayyappa Mala in 2023-2024

Lord Ayyappa Sabarimala

Lord Ayyappa Sabarimala

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 2023 dates – Ayyappa Deeksha begins on Mandala Puja day (16 November 2023 and ends on Makaravilakku day (14 January 2024).

From November 16, 2023: Mandala Kalam begins (Sabarimala Ayyappa 41-days Deeksha). Sannidhanam remains open from November 16.

December 2023 Puja at Sabarimala Temple

Temple remains open on all days till the night on December 27, 2023.

December 27, 2023 – Mandala Puja

December 27, 2022 night – Temple closes

December 30, 2023 – Temple opens for Makaravilakku Puja.

Sabarimala in January 2024

January 14, 2024 – Makaravilakku Puja

Temple remains open on all days till January 20, 2024.

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 November 14, 2023.

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 2024 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

  8. Santosh says:

    Can we do deeksha this year….? would Kerala floods have an impact ..?

  9. Vinod advala says:

    I want to take 21 days deekaha.. What can do tel me about this

  10. Durga prasad says:

    వనయాత్ర ఎన్ని కిలోమీటర్లు స్వామి

  11. Devarajan says:

    Shall I put Ayyappa mala tomorrow.

  12. Ravindra Kumar says:

    Hi Swamy, I want to take 3 days or 5 days Deeksha. I’m not sure if that is okay or not. Please suggest me what is the shortest duration for taking deeksa & which dates are suggested this year(2018)

    I stay in Hyderabad. And this is my 1st time.

    Thank you !!

    • Naveen Sanagala says:

      You can take Ardha Mandala Deeksha (21 days) at Bollaram Ayyappa Swamy Temple. You can contact the temple authorities for more info.

      • Nagarjuna says:

        Hi swami, actually this is my 5 th time deeksha.. I am going to sabarimali for Jyothi.. can I take 21 days deeksha?? Please tell me swami..

        • Divyakar Kolishetti says:

          Swamulu In Ayyappa Deeksha only available 41 days Mandala Kalam Deeksha, Ardha maala, 3 days and 5 days deeksha is not there Please understand the Ayyappa Maala Niyamavali.

          Thanks and Regards
          Divyakar Guru swamy

  13. Anil says:

    Hello I wana put Ayyappan mala.. please tell the good date to put … I stay in Anna Nagar chennai..

  14. Chintha Nivas says:

    Hi. I wanna put ayyappa mala in this november month can u suggest a perfect day for taking mala
    Waiting for ur reply

  15. Venkatesh says:

    Hi swamy can I take ayyappa deeksha 51 days or 5r days. Please suggest me

  16. Jay says:

    Can i take ayyappadeeksha from nov 17 to jan 20 th. Please reply.

  17. Kartheek says:

    Can wear ayyappa malaa for 10 to 15 days

  18. Praveen says:


    can i take mala in this month 2022-2023 Oct :

  19. Vasanth says:

    Witch date is good . That day i will take deksha this week

  20. Jayant Nalawade says:

    1 want to take diksha for 21 days tomorrow I want to start

  21. gajlu says:

    can i observe deeksha for more than 42 days. is there any day count for more than 42 days. please advise. Swamiye Saranam Ayyappa.

  22. Divya Teja says:

    What is the best time to wear ayyapa mala in 2022-2023?

  23. Surya Sai Manisetty says:

    I am wearing Ayyappa Mala today but haven’t got Eticket to Sabarimala yet. What to do?

  24. Kumar says:

    Swammyea saram iyappa

  25. m siva mani says:

    dear ayyappa . please advice me this year when the deeksha will start for 41 days .

  26. Manda vamshi dhar reddy says:

    In this year the last date for 41 days

  27. Maheshwar Reddy Patlolla says:

    You wrote this article very well. Very knowledgeable. Thanks for sharing this article

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  28. Sai says:

    I am 29 year old. Can i Take Deeksha or Practise Ayyappa mala Vritam for full life time ? . And Complete the vritam ( Remove mala when I am old after 60 years of age) in my older age. Please answer . Thank you.

  29. Venu vemula says:

    I want to wear a malla on September 1 onward I am vijawada near benz circle but i dont know any guruswmy near me i am wering frist time wt can i do i want change my life I am editing to bad habits so plzz tell me

  30. Deepa says:

    Hello swami.my husband wearing ayyappa mala on November 1st that is astami.is it ok for him.he is wearing first time.plz reply me fast.some are saying no and some are saying yes

  31. Ashwin Kurup says:

    Swami sharnam wanted to know if there are any Swami’s traveling from New Delhi as would be keeping the 41 days fast from 16 November and if there is any group that I could join from delhi

  32. Gowtham Nani says:

    Is it possible to make irumudi before 41 days

  33. JOGA RAO says:

    I had taken mala on 31-10-2022 i am alone when shall i go to sabarimala. I cannot go alone i wanted some one to join me.

  34. Uma says:

    I want to send my son to sabarimalai this year is any one to give deeksha in Taranaka area in secunderabad telangana

  35. Narayanan manikandan says:

    Can I weare
    mala tomorrow . What is the good times tomorrow

  36. Kranthi sai says:

    Iam From WARANGAL Telangana I want to take deksha malla

  37. Asha L says:

    Swami ayyappa Malai cut ayuduchi

  38. T Janardhan rao says:

    Ayyappa maala Karthika masam lo kakunda Jyothi kosam kakunda. Vere nela yedaina undha swamulu. Unte yenni rojulu vesukovali. Sabarimala vellocha ledha.

  39. Rohit says:

    Can i wear mala in june month or july month or only in winter season?

  40. Kishore says:

    Swami e year nenu September mala veale anukuntunna veavacha

  41. Goutham says:

    My dad passed away 8 months back I want take Diksha is it ok to take Diksha some people told me to take take after 1 year after the day your passed away

  42. Uttham Kumar M says:

    Can I take Ayyapa Deeksha on Amavase day? Nov 13th morning?

  43. Jeevan says:

    Does Temple remain open for Darshan from 30/12/2023 to 13/01/2024.
    Can we have Darshan in the 1 St week of January. ?

    Swamy Saranam.