Ayyappan is the Hindu divine force of development, especially famous in Kerala. He is a synthetic god, the child of Shiva and Mohini – the female symbol of Vishnu. Ayyappan is likewise alluded to as Ayyappa, Sastavu, Hariharaputra, Manikanta, Shasta or Dharma Shasta.
The iconography of Ayyappan portrays him as a great looking chaste god doing yoga and as an exemplification of Dharma, who wears a chain around his neck. In the Hindu pantheon, his legends are generally later yet assorted. For a few, he is additionally a manifestation of the Buddha. He is regarded by a few Muslims in Kerala, with legends wherein Ayyappan thrashings and increases love of the Muslim scoundrel Vavar.In the Hindu custom prominent in the Western Ghats of India, he was brought into the world with the forces of Shiva and Vishnu to face and annihilation the shape moving fiendishness Buffalo demos Mahishasuri.He was brought up by a childless regal couple, and grows up as a warrior yogi hero of moral and dharmic living. In the South Indian form, Ayyappan pictures indicate him as riding a tiger, however in a few places, for example, Sri Lanka he is appearing as riding a trinket.
Ayyappan notoriety has developed in numerous parts of India, and the most noticeable Ayyappan hallowed place is at Sabarimala, settled on the slopes of Pathanamthitta in Kerala. The sanctum gets a great many travelers consistently in late December and early January, a considerable lot of whom gets ready for quite a long time previously and after that climb the slope barefoot, making it one of the biggest dynamic journey locales in the world. The journey draws in a wide scope of lovers, from various social or monetary foundations, aside from ladies in their ripe age given Ayyappan is accepted to be the chaste deity. Ayyappan may impart a verifiable relationship to the Tamil divinity Aiyanar. The most noteworthy celebration connected to him is the Makaravilakku (Makara Sankranti), saw around the winter solstice.