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[vellalaindia] vellalar kulajathan Ayyan Ayyappan

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    Vellalar kula jathan AYYAN AYYAPPAN of SABARIMALA About ten generations back there lived a Vellala youth by name Kandan Ayyan alia Kandan Ayyappan in
    Message 1 of 1 , Dec 2, 1999
      Vellalar kula jathan AYYAN AYYAPPAN of SABARIMALA

      About ten generations back there lived a Vellala youth by name Kandan
      Ayyan alia Kandan Ayyappan in Erumely , Kottayam district of Kerala in
      India.We do not know anything about Ayyan’s parents except that
      hisfather was one Kandan and uncle was one Perissery Pillai. He became
      the army chief of Pandalam Royal family .Ayyan was instrumental in the
      defeat of Udayanan ,who attacked Sabarimala and tried to demolish the
      ancient Sastha temple in the thick forest of present Pathanamthitta
      district. The Royal family of Pandalam (King Pandian ) was migrated from
      Tamilnadu about 800 years back .Ayyan’s family belonged to Vellalar
      kulam, followed them.
      Rajasekharan,the Pandian King, reconstructed the destroyed Sastha
      temple at Sabarimala with the help of Ayyan , Vavar ,a Muslim youth from
      Kanjirappally and Kadutha, a Nair youth from Muzhukkeer ,Chengannoor,
      Alapuzha district . During the clash Ayyappan was killed. Perissery
      Pillai ,the uncle of Ayyan constrcted the old small Sastha temple
      (kotchanpalam) at Erumely opposite the Vavar Mosque constructed by
      Muslims in memory of Vavar.Temple made in memory of Kadutha is seen in
      Sabarimala .After the death of Ayyappan people thought that he as the
      avathar of Lord Sastha and began to worship him .Later Sastha and
      Ayyappan became synonyms. Some say that Ayyan was the son of a member of
      royal family but Nalankal Krishna Pillai in his book Mahashekthrangulkku
      Munpil says that Brahmins had never the name Ayyan or Ayyappan. In the
      age old Eelaversevam pattu ( songs of Elavar sevam, see ref.no. 3) it is
      clearly stated that Kandan Ayyan belonged to Vellalar kulam
      Near the Sree Ayyappa talkies in Erumely,Kottayam dist there is a
      Vellala house called Puthanveedu, In the same compound there is one 300
      year old , thatched,diapilated mud house, the house of Perissery
      Pillai.There we can, even today see the old sword used by Ayyappan. Even
      now Ayyappan/Ayyan Pillai is very common among Vellalas of Kottayam
      Alapuzha, Pathanamthitta, Idikki and Ernakulam districts. A number of
      Ayyappan kovils are built by Vellala community, migrated from Tamilnadu
      following the Pandian King. Lakhs and lakhs of Tamilians come to
      Sabarimala every year to worship Tamil origin Vellalar kula jathan Ayyan
      Ayyappan of Sabarimala in Pathanamthitta dist of Kerala.

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      1. Mahashektrangalkku Munpil, NBS 1st Edn. 1969 Nalankal
      Krishna Pillai
      2. Pettathullalum Kshethra Puravrithangalum 1977 Dr.Kanam Sankara
      3. Sreebhothaonatha Srvaswam 16th Edn.1998 Kurumulloor Narayana
      4. Dravida Samskaram Sahyad rSsanukkalil 1stEdn.1987 V.R.Parameswaan
      5.Social History of the Tamilians. DK 1st Edn 1996 P.Subramanian

      C.M.Hospital,Pandalam.689500 Kerala.India
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