- old small Sastha temple - at Erumeli, opposite the VAVAR PALLY
(MOSQUE), constructed by Muslims in memory of Vavar swamy.
the demise of Ayyappan people thought that he was the avathar
of Lord Sastha and began to worship him. Later Ayyappan and Sastha
became synonymous. Some say that Ayyappan was the son of a Brahmin
but Nalankal Krishna Pillai in his book "Mahashekthrangalkkumunpil"
states that Brahmins never had the name AYYAPPAN or AYYAN.
the age old "Elavarsevampattu" it was clearly mentioned
that Ayyan belonged to "Vellalar kulam". Near Sree Ayyappa
talkies of Erumeli, Kottayam,
Kerala there is a vellala house called Puthenveedu. In the same
compound there still is one 300 year old, thatched, depleted,
mud house, the house of Perissery Pillai, Ayyappan's uncle and
the Vellal Chieftain of Erumeli. There even today one can see
the ancient sword used by Ayyappan to kill the monstrous ERUMA-
mahisham. The place where the "eruma" was killed became Erumakolly
and later Erumeli.
pilgrims - "Ayyappans"- conduct the Erumeli PETTAITHULLAL during
December-January months every year , here at Erumeli in memory
of the killing of mahisham by Ayyan. "Ayyan / Ayyappan" Pillai
is very common name among vellalas of Kottayam, Alapuzha, Pathanamthitta,
Idukki and Ernakulam districts of Kerala. A number of Ayyappan
koils are constructed by Vellalas migrated from Tamilnadu to Kerala
e.g. Erumeli, Kanam etc. Lakhs and lakhs of Tamilian Ayyappan
devotees called the "Ayyappans" - come to Sabarimala every
year to worship Tamil origin "VELLALAR KULA JHATHAN AYYAN