Ganesha Chaturthi 2017

Dear Devotees, Ganeshaya Namaha

Date: Saturday, 26th August 2017
Time: 16H00 (4:00 pm)
Venue: Shree Ayyappaa Kshetram, Erasmia

For further information please contact:
Dr. Raj Kolapan – 082 922 8759
Mr. Kooban Pillay – 079 8939590
Mr. Devi Dherman – 082 552 5531
Mr. Ghandi Pillay – 072 482 5546
Ms. Shanthi Naidoo – 072 965 1121
Please pass this message on to all friends and family!

Swaamiyeh Saranam Ayyappaa!

Ayyappaa Utsav 2018


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Ayyappaa Utsav 2018 will be celebrated from the 7TH to the 13TH January 2018

Featuring : Devotional music by world renowned Shree Raju Veeramani and troupe, enlightening Spiritual Discourse and inspiring dance recitals. Make your Holiday a spiritual Extravaganza!!

Thai Poosam Kavady 2017 @ Shree Ayyappaa Kshetram

Shree Ayyappaa Kshetram celebrates Thai Poosam Kaavady

The members and officials of the Pretoria Bhajanai Mandram take great pleasure in inviting all devotees to Shree Ayyappaa Kshetram in Erasmia, the Abode of Enlightenment, where the festival of Kaavady, dedicated to the worship of Lord Murugaa who personifies knowledge and the control of the senses by the enlightened mind, will be celebrated on Sunday 12th February 2017 starting promptly at 08h00.

The word Kaavady comes from two words “Kaavu” meaning lift and carry and Adi meaning the feet of God and therefore its complete meaning is to carry and lift one’s psychological and physical burdens (Fruit of one’s Karma) and leave at  the feet of God in total submission or surrender to the Law of Cause and Effect (“What you sow, So shall you reap”). The festival starts with the hoisting of the flag where the flagpost represents the spinal column of Man, in which the latent spiritual energy lays dormant at its base, and the flag adorned with a Rooster, is symbolical of the awakening of enlightenment, similar to the rooster awakening and crowing at the break of dawn. The hoisting of the flag is symbolic of the rising spiritual energy, awareness and consciousness in the spiritual aspirant as he announces his intention to undertake the fast.

This marks the beginning of the minimum 10 day fast which is directed at controlling:

  • The Senses which is normally drawn into the world of pleasure and pain
  • The Mind which is fickle and emotionally labile
  • The Intellect, which needs to be sharpened to discriminate effectively between all the pairs of opposites the devotee experiences

On the tenth day a Kaavadi, which is a symbol of gratitude, courage, penance and austerity, is carried to the feet of Lord Murugaa while religious songs are sung, pleading with Lord Muruga to bestow balance and benevolence, prosperity and the power of endurance, material and spiritual progress on the devotee. The entire Kaavadi festival is suffused with inspiration, dedication and religious fervour.

Daily Ubayams (offering to the deity and donation to the temple), Poojaa (worship) and discourse related to the festival of Kaavadi and worship of Lord Murugaa will be conducted at 7pm during weekdays and 09h30 on Saturdays and Sundays (from 1st February to 11th February 2017).

You are welcome to donate to the temple to help with funding for this festival or to perform an Ubayam.

Do visit Shree Ayyappaa Kshetram and experience this Kaavady festival which will leave you spiritually charged and intellectually stimulated for wanting to know more about our glorious religion. This will leave you spiritually and materially balanced.

All are welcome.
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For Further Information or enquiries:
Dr. Raj Kolapan – 082 922 8759 / 012 374 0491
Shanthi Naidoo – 012 3743409 / 0729651121
Devi Dherman – 082 552 5531

Banking Details
Account Name: Pretoria Bhajanai Mandram
Bank: Standard Bank
Account Type: Current account
Account Number: 011489006
Branch Name: West End Pretoria
Branch code: 010345

Reference:  Kaavady – PHONE NUMBER



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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SAK – Ayyappan Viratham – Fast



Dear Devotee,

The Ayyappan fast, which begins at Shree Ayyappaa Kshetram (SAK) on Saturday morning of the 3rd December 2016 at 09h00, is a very special fast in that it lasts for 41 days and is during the most taxing time of the year as it spans the Christmas and New Year festive periods. In life the more difficult the task the greater is the rewards or benefits. In psychology it is known that if one does any activity with sincerity and passion for a period longer than 21 days that activity becomes a habit. It is with this in mind that the Ayyappan fast is carried for at least 41 days.

The devotee who wishes to undertake this fast, with other fellow devotees, gather on Saturday the 3rd December 2016 at 09h00, perform Poojaa, observe the Abhishegam, which is the spiritual bathing of the deity with different pure substances, symbolizing the qualities a spiritual aspirant needs to cultivate, and makes a vow to Lord Ayyappaa that this fast would be undertaken with the greatest understanding and awareness of its benefits, and with an intention to sow peace, joy and serenity. The beginning of the fast is symbolized by the wearing of a chain (Maalaa), which has an Ayyappan pendant on it, and the prayer is called Maalaatharan Poojaa.

The main aim of the various aspects of the fast is to loose body or sense organ related awareness/ consciousness and gain soul or spirit related consciousness, which leads to the realization that all that we see and all that we are is one continuous, undifferentiated and inseparable related consciousness (self-realization/God realization).

The devotee who undertakes the fast attempts to do the following to the best of his/her ability:

  1. Should wear a rosary or Maalaa which reminds him of his vow taken at the beginning of the fast.
  2. Should Wear black clothing to symbolise that he has become dead to the material world. It also symbolises that the devotee recognizes his own ignorance as the main cause of his pain and suffering.
  3. Should not shave or cut hair and nails in order to loose body consciousness.
  4. Should walk barefoot whenever it is practically possible.
  5. Should eat one Sattvic (Pure) vegetarian meal a day.
  6. Should bath twice daily preferably with cold water.
  7. Should Pray in the  morning and in the evening.
  8. Should adorn the forehead with Sandal Paste (Santhenam) symbolizing the concept that whatever you come into contact with will leave a lasting impression on you, similar to the manner by which sandal paste imparts its fragrance.
  9. Should attend Bhajan at least once weekly, preferably on a Saturday and learns the Vazhi Paada (Vazhi = Path or Route: Paada = Chants) meaning “the song of the path followed”.
  10. Should speak sweetly, truthfully, pleasantly and inspiringly to others.
  11. Should listen to elevating discourses,
  12. Should read educating and inspiring literature.
  13. Should think thoughts of tranquillity, purity and calmness.
  14. Should practice celibacy and all thoughts/actions should be free from any sexual connotation.
  15. Should greet fellow devotees with the Greeting  “Swaamiyeh Saranam Ayyappaa” which means that Lord Ayyappaa is our only refuge and we should surrender to His will.
  16. Should take part in a Poojaa called Petthai Thullal on Tuesday evening 10th January 2017, in which devotees dance around a fire and are smeared with powder of different colours in order to destroy  the devotee’s ego and arrogance .
  17. Should carry an Irumudi, on the head to the Ayyappan temple from Laudium, accompanied by fellow devotees on Saturday morning(preparation 03h00 and procession 06h00) the 14th January 2017
  18. Should remove the Rosary or Maalaa on the last day of the Fast symbolizing the end of the fast.

The fast represents a transition from ignorance and distress to enlightenment and joy through physical effort, mindful sacrifice and intentional spiritual experience.

Swaamiyeh Saranam Ayyappaa!!!

Important dates to remember:

Saturday 3rd  December 2016 at 09h00 Maalaatharan Poojaa – Beginning of the fast
Saturday 10th,17th, 24th, 31st at 09h00 Ayyappaa Abheshegam, Bhajan, Lunch
Saturday 7th January – 09h00 Ayyappaa Abheshegam, Bhajan, Lunch
Sunday 8th Jan. to Saturday 14th Jan.2017 Ayyappaa Utsav different daily programs
Tuesday 10th January 2017  at 19h00 Petthai Thullal – part of Ayyappaa  Utsav
Saturday 14th January 2017 starting 03h00 Carrying Irumudi  to SAK-Ayyappan Yaatra

Ayyappaa Utsav

Ayyappaa Utsav began on the 13th January 2015 with the Launch of the book “ Converting Hindus to Hindusim” written by Dr Rajgopal Kolapan . This was followed by the tremendous spiritual inspiration and encouragement from the divine singing, discourse and video clip of the enlightening Sai Avataar. The evening ended with the sublime rendition of songs, a Sai dedication, by Raju Veeramani from Chennai, India.

Wednesday started with the beautiful rendition of bhajans by the Maidstone Emperumal Prayer Group. The discourse by Shree Angajan on “Bhakthi” was very informative and set the stage for introspection and enquiry. This was followed by the emotionally charged Deepa Villakku Poojaa and ended with the Vibrant Ayyappan vocal recital by Raju Veeramani , who transported the packed temple of devotees to spiritual heights never experienced before.Please attend the following days program as you would certainly miss a very spiritually elevating experience if you did not. This evening is dedicated to the glory of Lord Hanuman and Hanuman Chalisa will be rendered by Shree Bal Bhaktha Bhajan Mandal,  Laudium Mandir Bhajan Mandal.

This will be followed by Sri M. K. Angajan who speaks on the concept of Yukthi. This will be followed by the  divine rendition of Hanuman. Rama and Krishna Bhajans by Raju Veramani. Friday the 16th January will start with a dance recital by Nrithya Rupa Academy of Dance, Sri M. K. Angajan speaks on the concept of Shakthi and Raju Veeramani renders  Bhajans dedicated to  Lord Ganapathi. Saturday is the finale of Ayyappaa Utsav and starts with a Yaattra from Laudium to Erasmia while pulling a chariot made for Lord Manikanda. At 16H00’S The main Ayyappaa poojaa begins and ends with the spectacular 18 step poojaa and fireworks display.

Join us for this spiritual extravaganza