The Akhila Bharatha Ayyappa Seva Sangam that has 64 Years of immense service has to say etc story of noble services rendered for the devotees. The Sangham could make everlasting memory in the minds of Ayappa devotees by its vivid services. The success and the secret of the organisation lies on the able leadership, dedication and systematic services of its Volunteers regardless of caste, religion, colour, language and appearances. The Mercy and blessings of Lord Ayappa, the incarnation of Kaliuga has always always helped us in solving the problems confronted with the organisation.
The Ayyappa Seva Sangam has been rendering valuable services and assistance for the million of devotees coming from different perks of the country and abroad, crossing seas, deep forest and hills with holiness and customary sites to give offerings and have a Divine view of Lord Ayyappa.
Akila Bharath Ayappa Seva Sangam started in a limited scale has mow known as a national organisation. Nervousness has no role in the organisation, wide mentality and generosity are the Prime motto of the Society. All are working for each one and each one is working for all is the modus operandi of the organisation.
There were no medical facilities for pilgrims in 1945 as they get today. When a boy tell ill Dr. Velaudan Pillai attended the boy and healed him and he felt the need for a voluntary organisation for medical help and assistance for pilgrims; an idea of forming Ayyappa Seva Sangam Struck in his mind. Dr. Velaudan Pillai, Achuthan Nair, C.V. Raman Pillai, Krishna Pillai and P. Subramannian Joined together at Pampa on the 12th January in 1945 and decided to form an organisation for giving medical aid and assistance for devotees.
Consequently meeting was held at Sree Chithra Hindu Religious Library in Trivandrum on April 1945 under the Chairmanship of Justice K.S. Govinda Pillai and selected the first executive committee of Akil Bharathia Ayyappa Seva Sangam, Justice K.S. Govinda Pillai was the first President; other office bearers being Dr. P.A. Velayudan Pillai ( General Secretary, P. Subramannian (Treasurer)
Medical aid, boiled dried ginger water, Annademam (food) were freely provided for pilgrims in 1946 and this custom has been following since then. It was the Ayyappa Seva Sangam that first introduced Loud Speaker facilities in Sabarimala in finding out the pilgrims who were missed from the group.
It is to be remembered that Ayyappa Seva Sangam lighted up electric build and generated Loud Speaker in Pampa and Erumely beside Sabarimala in 1948 even before the beginning of Kerala and the existence of Travancore Devaswom board.
King Chithra Thirunal visited Sabarimala Sannidanam in 1948 and appreciated the services of Ayyappa Seva Sangam; His excellency allotted land for Office building for Sangam below Pathinettampadi (18 the Step) and donated Rs. 700 for it.) A Grant of Rs. 8000 was allotted yearly and land was provided near Pampa Ganapathi Temple for the elaborate services of Sangam.
Sangam has been getting Grants even after Devaswom Board was formed and it has risen to Rs. 15000. But unfortunately grant has been with drawn for few Years.
When Sabarimala temple was set fire and idols were demolished by anti social elements in 1950 Ayyappa Seva Sangam held Ayyappa jyothi and collected huge fund for the removation of the temple.
A world Hindu Conference was held at Shasthamkotta in 1955 under the leadership of Ayyappa Seva Sangam in which delegates from 35 countries participated.
Another admirable work of the Sangam was the Social development of Adivasi and Tribal People. Snagam Volunteers lived together with Tribal People for months in the forest, Provided them food, clothes, money and made them change their social life and style of living.
Kerala Governor V.V.Giri Laid the stone for permanent building for Sangam at Sabarimala in 1962; Sangam could get magnificent office building at Trivandrum in the same years. P. Subramanniam was the president and Adv. Satyavan Pillai was the general Secretary.
Sangam has 3800 branches in India and foreign countries like Singapore, Keniya, Malassia, Sreelanka, USA, France etc. Many Branches has its own temples and worship centres. Tennala Balakrishna Pillai Ex: MP, the former President of Sangam constructed a bridge at Azhutha by M.P. Fund and it will definitely be a great blessings for Sabarimala pilgrims in the future. I use this opportunity gratitude to Tenmala Balakrishna Pillai on behalf of Ayyappa Seva Sangam and its Volunteers.
Ayyappa Seva Sangam has been providing free Medical Aid and Anna denam to the devotees coming through the traditional route Erumely, Azhutha, Kallittakunnu, Karimala, Valiyana vattom, Pampa, Oottupura, Sabarimala for the last 64 years. Service camps are also held in Nilackal, Vadasserikara, Pandalam, Kottayam, Medical College Kottayam, Pathanamthitta, Chengannoor, Ranni, Ernakulam, Trissur, Kanyakumari, Valayar, Nemara and such Edathavalums resting places) Sangam could provide Annadamam to maximum devotees during the task Sabarimala season.
Sabarimala Annadanam – A great Service.
Lord Ayyappa at Sabarimala is otherwise known as ‘‘Anna dan prabhu’’ and hence distributing food to all devotes is supposed to be an act of benevolence and more over an act of Ayyappa seva) Main aim of Sangam is to Provide free food to maximum devotees arrive at Sabarimala. It is performed by the aid and contribution of Pilgrims come at Sabarimala and hundreds of Sangam Volunteers. We request to all Ayyappa devotees to join this most benevolent Venture by contributing liberally either by cash or kind.