Ayyappan

Ayyappan (Malayalam: അയ്യപ്പൻ) (also called Sartavu, or Sasta) is a Hindu deity worshiped in a number of shrines across southern India. Ayyappan's origin is uncertain , but is sometimes believed to be an incarnation of Dharma Sasta, who is the offspring of Shiva and Vishnu (as Mohini, in his female form) and is generally depicted in a yogic posture, wearing a bell around his neck. Ayyappan may bear a historical relationship to the tutelary deity Aiyanar of Tamil Nadu.

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