There are many Temples dedicated to Lord Ayyappa in Kerala, the holiest being the one at sacred Sabari Hills. The sphere of influence of Lord Ayyappa had spread beyond the boundaries of Kerala and new Ayyappan Temples had started springing up at various places not only in the other States of the South and North India but even in other countries also. The first such Ayyappa Shrine to have come up outside Kerala State in the Temple at Jalahalli West, Bangalore, the installation ceremony of which was conducted on 17th April 1967.
Jalahalli Sree Ayyappan Temple was doubly blessed for the installation ceremony in 1967 was performed by the then Supreme Priest of Holy Sabarimala Temple and Travancore Devaswam Board Late Brahmasree Thazhaman Madham Kantararu Sankararu Thanthri, who had performed the re-installation at Holy Sabarimala. Further, the splendid and dazzling Panchaloha Idol of Lord Jalahalli Dharmasastha was moulded by well known sculptor Late Sri. T.M. Neelakanta Panicker of Chengannur, who had sculpted the most divine Idol at Sabarimala.
Within a short span of time, this temple has grown as a Mahakshethra and became a focal point of worship to millions of devotees not only in Karnataka, but also all over the world. The temple is situated on Subroto Mukherji Road at Jalahalli West, about one KM northwards from Jalahalli Cross on Bangalore-Pune NH.
As per the desire of large number of devotees, Devaprasnam was conducted by renowned Astrologers and according to the advice of Thanthri, the renovation of entire Temple Complex was carried out as per Vasstu. The new Sreekovil is in the model of Sabarimala Sreekovil for Lord Ayyappa. New sub-shrines were also built for Lord Ganapathi, Devi Durga, Lord Subramanian, Navagrahas and Nagadevathas.
The re-installation ceremony of Lord Ayyappa, Lord Ganapathy and Devi Durga were performed on 26th April 2004 and Lord Subramanian in 2005 by the then Chief Priest of Holy Sabarimala Late Brahmasree Thazhaman Madham Neelakantararu Thanthri. Navagraha prathishta was peformed on 8th June 2006 by Brahmasree Thazhaman Madhom Rajeevaru Thanthri. New Valiyambalam, Vilakkumadam, Balikkalppura and Thidappalli were also built. Kumbhabhishekam of New Rajagopuram in traditional Kerala style and new Teakwood Dhwajasthambham with Gold covering was also performed, making this Temple entirely built on aesthetical Vaastu style, as designed by Vaastu exponent Cheruvalli Narayanan Namboodiri.
Marvellous workmanship of expert wood and Stone Master Craftsmen can been seen in every structure of this renovated Temple. The wood work is done with special teak wood from world famous Nilambur forests and stone work is done with special ‘Krishnasila’. The re-installation of Lord Ayyappa was done after performing ‘Shadadhara Prathishta’ and ‘Garbanyasa’ Process which can be seen only in very few great Temples.
The new Office-cum-Library Complex with all modern amenities was inaugurated by Art of Living Chief Sri Sri Ravi Shankar on 1st November 2006.