SHRI AYYAPPAN PADI POOJA
17th November 2019 to 15th January 2020
Daily Poojas from 6PM to 7PM
Significance of the Pathinettam Padi (18 Sacred Steps)
- The first five steps symbolise the five human senses (Panchendriyas) i.e. visual (vision), auditory (hearing), olfactory (smell), gustatory (taste) and tactile (touch). These signify the `mortal’ nature of one’s body.
- The next eight steps symbolise the eight Ashtaragas or basal emotions viz, Kama, Krodha, Lobha, Moha, Madha, Maltsarya, Asooya, Dhumb (Love, Anger, Avarice, Lust, Pride, Unhealthy Competition, Jealousy and Boastfulness).
- The next three steps stand for three Gunas or Thrigunas (nature-born qualities) i.e. Satva, (perspicuity, discernment), Rajas (activity, enjoyment) and Thamas (inactivity, stupor).
- The last two steps represent Vidya (Knowledge) and Avidya (Ignorance).
- It is assumed that after climbing up these eighteen steps reverently, one symbolically detaches oneself from all the worldly ties that bind one physically and mentally to the world becoming fit to take a glimpse of the divine.