Ayyappa, Dharmasasta or Dharmashasta, is a Hindu deity adored all over India particularly in Kerala. Lord Dharmasasta is the son of Lord Siva and Mohini—the female transformation of Lord Vishnu depicted in the famous story of 'Palazhi Mathanam', the churning of the ocean, in epics and puranas. He is addressed as Hariharasuthan, which means son of Hari (Vishnu) and Hara (Shiva). Dharmasasta is depicted on a horse. He seeks bliss in hunting in forests, desires drinking water in the mid-days, has three eyes and is surrounded by the bhutaganas. The god is named "Bhutanatha" meaning the commander of bhutas (all those who are created). Dharmasasta has two wives, Purna and Pushkala, and a son Satyaka. He is the protector of dharma. The aim of dharma is perfection (Purna) and prosperity (Pushkalatva) which are achieved by dharma and wisdom. Adherence to dharma enables one to achieve truthfulness (Satya) that is Satyaka.
Lord Ayyappan of Sabarimala in Kerala is a major abode of this deity. Lord Ayyappan or simply Ayyappa (also spelled as Ayappa) is a popular Hindu deity worshiped mainly in South India. The popular belief among Keralites is that Lord Ayyappa, the adopted son of the King Rajasekara Pandiya of Pandalam in Kaliyuga, was a human incarnation of Lord Dharmasasta, the hariharasudha. He was called Manikandan by the King since he had a Bell (mani) in Neck (kanta) when the King found him as an infant at the banks of the river Pamba. Manikantan, after fulfilling the goals of incarnation, selected the Sabarimala as his place for meditation, to elucidate his dharma, the sciences of wisdom to the people of the world, to the gods and to the rishis. There he experienced his ashtasiddhis (the great knowledge about 8 prime factors of life) and rendered his spiritual knowledge to the devotees and those who seek refuge in him (Sharanam). Thus he was called Sri Sabarigirisan (one who resides in the mountain of Sabari).
The auspicious days for Lord Ayyappa are all Saturdays and the star Uttiram/Uthram. Panguni Uttiram, Vishu, Erumeli Petta Thullal, Makara ViLakku, Makara SheevEli, Mandala Poojai and Makara Sankaranthi days are very important. Traditionally devotees observe austerities during the Hindu months of Vrichiga and Dhanu.
Sasta or Ayyappan is associated with the graha (planet) Shani (Saturn). By pleasing the lord one can reduce the bad effects of Saturn called sanidosha. Offering Neerajanam to Lord Ayyappa on Saturdays is believed to be good for removing hardships owing to sanidosha.
This application is in devotion towards Lord Ayyappa or Shri Dharmashasta. It has the below slokas and manthras in Kannada and English with audio. The audio helps to learn the mantra pronunciation.
1) Shri Dharmashasta Pancharatnam
2) Ayyappa Gayathri Mantra
3) Ayyappa Moola Mantra
4) Ayyappa Maha Mantra
5) Shri Dharmashastha Ashtotharam
6) Shri Harihara Puthra Ashtotharam
7) Sri Hariharatmaja Ashtakam (Harivarasanam)
All these slokas and manthras can be chanted everyday.
Ashtotharam or Ashtotharasathanamavali are generally 100 or more names venerating the deity, in this application it is Dharmashasta or Ayyappa. Ashtotharams are chanted while offering flowers to the deity during daily pooja. One can chant Lakshmi ashtotharam during pooja everyday.
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