Sri Ayyappa is the son of Lord Shiva and Mohini. Ayyappa stands for constructive destruction which is a combination of Vishnu and Shiva. He protects our spiritual wealth and grace by maintaining the thought of godliness and destroys all other thoughts pertaining to worldly infatuations, the low (tamasic) negative tendencies and promotes the pure cohesive (satvic) nature in the worshipper. The Lord is considered the God of constructive destruction, the Protector. He is the symbol of unity among all sects of Hinduism.