Achankovil Sri Dharmasastha temple :

God and Godess :

  • Lord sastha
  • Poorna and Pushkala
  • Nagadevatha

Location :

Achankovil Sri Dharmasastha temple
Achankovil sastha temple / Ayyappa temple,
Near Pathanapuram,
Kollam district-689699

Timings :

5AM to 7PM

Temple History :

Achankovil Sri Dharmashastha Temple is one among the five important temples dedicated to Lord Ayyappa located at Pathanapuram of Kollam district in Kerala state. This is the most powerful and historical place where Lord Ayyappa leads the Grihastha Ashrama life here – Dharmasastha is depicted as a family man or leads married life here. Lord Ayyappa is depicted along with his two wives – Purna and Pushkala. It is believed that the idol of Lord Ayyappa here was installed by Lord Parashurama. The Achankovil Sastha Temple is famous for curing poisonous snake bites. The left hand of the Ayyappa at Achankovil Shastha Temple always holds ‘Chandan’ (sandalwood paste) and Thirtha (holy water). The Chandan and Thirtha are considered to have medicinal properties to cure snake bites.The temple complex also contains other deities associated with the Ayyappa. The festivals and rituals held here have strong Tamil roots.

During the Sabarimala pilgrimage, the devotees visit this temple to offer their prayers. It is believed that the idol of this temple was consecrated by Sage Parasurama. On both sides of the idol, Poorna and Pushkala, the consorts of Lord Sastha are also installed.Lord Parasurama got the ‘Darshan’ From the God Ayyappa, leads to the creation of this Temple which is named as Sastha Kovil. The Idol of Lord Ayyappa at this temple is made of “Rudraksha Sila” Which Believed to be made with Rudraksha’s and this Idol is believed to be having Miraculous Properties with sandal paste Especially snake venom is believed to be cured with that sandal paste from the hand of lord Ayyappa.

Festivals :

  • Dhanurmasa festival
  • Rathothsavom
  • Mandala Pooja
  • Revathy pooja

Ticket price for rituals, darshanams & special sevas :

  • Archana
  • Abhishekam
  • Pushpabhiskekam
  • Chandan (sandalwood paste)
  • Thirtham

Nearest Temples Around Achankovil Sri Dharmasastha temple :

  • Varkala Sivagiri mutt – Tiruvanantapuram district – 92.00 km
  • Haripad Sri Subramanya Temple – Alappuzha district – 93.00 km
  • Haripad Mannarasala Sree Nagaraja Temple – Alappuzha district – 93.00 km
  • Vellayani Devi temple – Tiruvanantapuram district – 132.00 km
  • Cherthala Sri Katyayani Devi Temple – Alappuzha district – 137.00 km
  • Varanad Devi Jagadambika temple – Alappuzha district – 140.00 km
  • Vaikom Mahadeva temple – Kottayam district – 145.00 km

Nearest Bus Stations :

  • Tenkasi – 29.00 km
  • Kadayanallur – 34.00 km
  • Surandai – 42.00 km
  • Punalur – 42.00 km
  • Pathanapuram – 45.00 km

Nearest Railwaystations :

  • Shenkottai – 25.00 km
  • Tenkasi – 31.00 km
  • Punalur – 44.00 km
  • Auvaneeswaram – 51.00 km
  • Kottarakara /Kottarakkara – 62.00 km

Nearest Airports :

  • Trivandrum International Airport, Thiruvananthapuram – 116.00 km
  • Cochin International Airport,Cochin/kochi – 183.00 km
  • Tiruchirapally International Airport, Trichy – 318.00 km
  • Calicut International Airport,Kozhikode. – 332.00 km
  • Coimbatore International Airport,Coimbatore – 350.00 km

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