Ayyappaa Utsav 2017 – 7 day Programme



Sunday 8th January to Saturday 14th January 2017
Pretoria Bhajanai Mandram takes great pleasure in presenting the Ayyappan festival “Ayyappaa Utsav 2017” at Shree Ayyappaa Kshetram from Sunday the 8th January to Saturday the 14th January 2017. Ayyappaa Utsav 2016 was a spiritually successful program and Ayyappaa Utsav 2017 promises to be even better. The program will consist of Spiritual discourses rendered by Shri MK Angajan from Kerala, divine music rendered by Shri Raju Veeramani and troupe from Chennai, a Dance recital by Sarvavidya Natyaalaya (Director: Strimati Anusha Pillay) from Lenasia, a dance drama by Adal Kalaivani Institute of Fine Arts from Pietermaritzberg, Deepa Vilakka Poojaa, 108 Shiva Homam, Pethai Thullal and the Ayyappan Yaatra.
Final Program
In addition to the daily spiritual discourse rendered by Shri M.K. Angajan and a Devotional Musical Recital by Shri Raju Veeramani from Chennai, India, each day of the week has a different and special dedication as follows:
Sunday 8th January 2017
Venue: Laudium Civic Centre
Time: 16:30 (4:30PM)

A Devotional evening of Ayyappan Bhajan by Shri Raju Veeramani from Chennai and Ayyappan Pooja performed on stage called Ayyappaa Geeta Raatthri. This program will be transmitted live on Radio Lotus from 17:00 to 19:00. Havan ceremony will commence at 15:15. Devotees should be seated at 16:30. Tickets available on request by contacting directors. (See contact details below)

Monday 9th January 2017
Venue: Shree Ayyappaa Kshetram
Time: 18:00 (6:00PM)

A 108 Shiva Homam will be performed at Shree Ayyappaa Kshetram and we believe that in order to fill the year 2017 with hope, inspiration and prosperity, a Havan performed by the entire community will be necessary and appropriate. You have an opportunity to be part of this endevour to perform such an auspicious Pooja.

The Homam will consist of 108 families, with a maximum of 5 members per family performing the Havan at the same time, and a detailed explanation of the symbolic, scientific significance of each step of the ceremony will be given. In order for you to ensure your family’s participation in one of the 108 Homam’s it is necessary to book with:

Kassen Pillay – Cell: 079 302 7292 Shanthi Naidoo – Cell: 072 965 1121

Tuesday 10th January 2017
Venue: Shree Ayyappaa Kshetram
Time: 18:00 (6:00PM)

Ayyappan devotees will perform Pethai Thullal, which is part of the Ayyappan Devotee’s ritual performed in Erumeli, India. Devotees who have fasted for 41 days will dance around a fire, to live music performed by Sri Raju Veeramani. Fellow Devotees are invited and encouraged to join in this very spiritual dance, which is symbolic of the burning up of the devotees ego. The devotees will smear their bodies with different colour powders, in order to lose their sense of body consciousness. You are invited to be part of this colourful and enjoyable experience. Please wear clothing that you would not mind being discoloured.

Wednesday 11th January 2017
Venue: Shree Ayyappaa Kshetram
Time: 18:00 (6:00PM)

A Bhajan dedicated to the worship of Mother Shakthi (Amman “Divya Paadalgal”) and a Bharatanatyam dance recital performed by Sarvavidya Natyaalaya, from Gauteng.

Thursday 12th January 2017
Venue: Shree Ayyappaa Kshetram
Time: 18:00 (6:00PM)

Makara Sankranti is the festival of new beginnings and we at Shree Ayyappaa Kshetram believe that the passing away of a loved one is often an important event which prevents us from living a life of joy, passion and purpose. It has been shown that when we remember our departed loved ones in a loving and meaningful way, this action can pave the way for living a life with a new beginning. It is with this in mind that the “Deepa Villakka Poojaa” was started in 2015. It is a special Poojaa involving the immersing of floating lamps in the river, called “Deepa Villakka Poojaa”, which is performed in memory of Family members who have passed on and is a symbolic demonstration of our respect and gratitude to them. A limited number of lamps to be immersed will be made available on a first come first serve basis. Thursday’s are dedicated to the worship of All Gurus (Spiritual Preceptors) who enlighten our minds and light up our intellect, similarly lamps dispel darkness symbolizing our ignorance. It is for this reason we chose Thursday the 12th of January to immerse lit lamps, as Makara Sankranti generally falls on the 14th January, which coincides with Ayyappaa Makara Jyoti Pooja, and it would not be practically possible to perform both ceremonies on the same day.

Friday 13th January 2017
Venue: Shree Ayyappaa Kshetram
Time: 18:00 (6:00PM)

For the first time at Shree Ayyappaa Kshetram a dance drama depicting the life story of the Legend of Lord Ayyappaa as Mannikandaa will be performed. The narration of the story is done in English, and the dance is the classical form of Bharatanatyam. This is performed by the accomplished Adal Kalaivani Institute of Fine Arts from Pietermaritzberg, whose artistic director Srimati Isaivani Naik spent more than five years in Palghat in India, in order to master
this Bharatanatyam Dance Drama art form. This professional dance performance is both educational and enthralling entertainment for both young and old. It will be performed in the Amphitheatre at Shree Ayyappaa Kshetram and you are encouraged to bring along a cushion and a shawl.

Saturday 14th January 2017
Venue: Laudium to Shree Ayyappaa Kshetram

This is the culmination of the Ayyappan Utsav celebration and it starts with an Ayyappan Yaatraa, Chariot Procession and carrying of the Irumudi from Laudium to Shree Ayyappaa Kshetram (6:00am), Ayyappan Poojaa (4:00pm), Pradakshanam around the temple, the spiritually captivating and inspiring Padinettaam Padi Poojaa (18 steps Poojaa) and a grand fireworks display to conclude the festival.


Ayyappaa Utsav 2015 and 2016 has been a great Spiritual success and this is due to the participation of Devotees from all parts of South Africa especially Gauteng, Durban, Cape Town and Port Elizabeth. To all those Devotees and Sponsors who have played a part in this great success, Pretoria Bhajanai Mandram expresses our sincere gratitude and appreciation.
Daily Shri Raju Veeramani will render soul stirring bhajans and Shri M.K. Angajan will render a Spiritually elevating discourse.

For further information contact:
Dr. Raj Kolapan – 012 374 0491
Mr. Ben Pillay – 083 656 9390
Mr. Kooban Pillay – 076 240 0307
Mr. Devi Dherman – 082 552 5531
Mr. Prakash Reddy – 081 316 2707
Ms. Shanthi Naidoo – 072 965 1121
Ms. Saras Pillay – 082 879 6884
Ms. Bhuvi Muruven – 082 874 2106
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