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Kasi – Thilbandeshwar, Varanasi (Kasi) (It was the first Ayyappa temple in North India, and was established by Swami Vimochananda.Swami Vimochananda and Vadakatham Ishwaran Namboodiri (who was the then melsanthi – chief priest) was responsible for making Harivarasanam the Urakku Pattu of Ayyappa.
Harivarasanam was written by Kumbakudi Kulathur Iyer in 1950. Swami Vimochanananda recited this song for the first time at Sabarimala in 1955. The tradition was started for the first time after the Punah Prathishta ceremony in the Sabarimala temple. The ceremony had to be conducted after a major fire that consumed the temple in the year of 1955. It was Swami Vimochananda’s efforts to popularize Ayyappa bhakti by travelling the whole of South India that made the chief priest accept the song as a lullaby to Lord Ayyappa.
Harivarasanam is recited just prior to closing of the temple doors at night. As the final verses are being sung, all the assistant Santhis leave the Sanctum Sanctorum one by one. As the song ends, only the Mel Santhi is inside the Sreekoil. He extinguishes the lamps one by one and closes the doors for the night after the last lamp is extinguished