Mumbai's Ayappa Temple is regarded to be the only Ayappa Temple outside Kerala state. The original name of this temple is Mini Sabarimala Shree Ayyappa Temple. It is situated atop a hillock surrounded by hills and valleys within the area of NCH Colony. A tiny stream originating from the vicinity adds the sanctity and beauty of the temple environment.
Ayappa Temple is a unique temple resembling the Holy Shrine of Shree
Dharma Shastha (Ayyappa) at Sabarimala, Kerala, crowning the Western
Ghats. This temple attracts thousands of devotees throughout the year.
The major festival is 'Mandala Makara Vilakku' festival (mid November
to mid January), which starts with the Mudhradhanam for the devotees who
undertake pilgrimage to Sabarimala. Festivals apart from the usual Hindu
festivals which are celebrated here are 'Pankuni Uttiram'- the birthday
of Shree Ayyappa, 'Prathista Dinam', 'Vishu' (New Year)- April 14th,
Onam, Ganesh Chaturthi, Vijaya Dashami, and Deepawali.
It is said that the Ayyappa Temple of Mumbai is the only Ayyappa temple outside Kerala.