role of the Guru is significant in the Ayyappa cult.
The Guruswamy is usually an elderly person who has undertaken
pilgrimage to Sabarimala not less than seven consecutive years
in the traditional long route and had darshan of Makara Jothi.
The devotees treat the Guruswamy as Ayyappan himself. It is important
that pilgrims gain knowledge from the Guru on all the aspect of
the Pilgrimage. One should serve the Guru physically, mentally
pilgrims should give the due respect and reverence the Guru deserves.
All instructions of the Guru should be carried out without fail.
The Guru will enlighten the Shisyas the austerities
to be followed. He will teach them the slokas and way to perform
bhajans. He shall prepare them for the pilgrimage mentally and
physically. He will lead the pilgrims safely and comfortably to