Arattupuzha Sri Sastha temple :

God and Godess :

Lord sastha(Ayyappa)

Location :

Arattupuzha Sri sastha temple
Ayyappa swamy temple, Arattupuza, Near Urakam ,
Thrissur district-680562
Kerala.

Timings :

  • Morning – 5.00AM to 11.00AM
  • Evening – 5PM to 8PM

Temple History :

Sri Sastha temple is situated at Arattupuzha, a beautiful, quiet village located 15km away from Thrissur town.This is the most famous temple of Lord Sastha in Kerala. Lord Ayyappa is the principle deity of this temple and called here as Sri Sastha. The temple has been the host of the most ancient and well known yearly Deva Mela (Festival when all gods and goddesses assemble) at Arattupuzha. Deva Mela is the world’s most ancient festival celebrates only at Sastha temple at Arattupuzha. The antiquity of this temple dates back to 3000 years. The deity Sri Sastha sits in a serene posture in Garbhalaya, with an “Amrutha Kalasa” in his right hand resting on the right knee. It is believed that the deity of Arattupuzha temple is the embodiment of the divine potential of Guru Vasishta, the great master of Lord Sri Rama. This is one of the rare temples devoid of any other deities.

considered to be the mother of all pooram festivals in Kerala, the Arattupuzha Pooram which is the annual festival at Arattupuzha Temple in Thrissur is a rich visual spectacle. A well-attended event, this vibrant pooram is considered to be the oldest of all. The visual splendor and grandeur of this pooram trump all other such festivals. The ornately decked up venues host many caparisoned elephants and the festival witnesses the rendition of Panchavadyam, the traditional Kerala percussion ensemble.
A ceremony that sets this festival apart from the rest is the Devamela or Koottiyezhunnallippu which procession of different deities. As many as 23 deities from different temples are brought here and worshiped which makes for an arresting visual. It is believed that the presiding deity is visited by Gods and Goddesses of the neighboring villages during the festival. The festive spirit reaches its zenith during the last two days. Sasthavinte Melam, held on the evening prior to the last day of the festival, is one such ceremony that sees high-spirited participation. It involves staging of percussion ensembles and an assemblage of caparisoned elephants. Brightly lit traditional lamps and huge flame bearing staffs locally called as Theevetti, are set up which adds to the ambiance of the melam. By early morning, the elephants carrying deities of nearby temples are made to the lineup in the adjoining paddy field. The air is charged with the resounding beats and the rhythm of the percussion ensembles comprising Panchavadyam, Pacharimelam, and Pandimelam.

By sunrise, the elephants carrying deities from neighboring temples are taken to the nearby river for the Aarattu ceremony. It is a ceremonial cleansing process in which the idol is immersed in the river and is accompanied by the chanting of mantras and floral offerings. The idol of Lord Ayyappa, the presiding deity of the Sree Sastha Temple at Arattupuzha is the last to undergo the Arattu. The idols are then taken to their respective temples after the Arattu ceremony.

Festivals :

  • Prathishta dinam (Installation day of Diety)
  • Illam Nira(celebrated for the welfare and growth of all people)
  • Ramayanamasacharanam
  • Ashtadravya MahaGanapathy Homam
  • Navarathri Festival
  • Desavilakku Festvial
  • Pooram

Ticket price for rituals, darshanams & special sevas :

  • Thiroottu – Rs 75
  • Elluthiri (Neeranjanam) – Rs 40
  • Adanivedhyam (Oru Koottu) – Rs 1350
  • Adanivedhyam (Ara Koottu) – Rs 700
  • Adanivedhyam (Kal Koottu) – Rs 350
  • Neyppayasam (Spl) – Rs 115
  • Koottupayasam – Rs 25
  • Thrikala Pooja – Rs 160
  • Niramala (B) – Rs 900
  • Gannapathi Homam – Rs 600
  • Archana/Pushpanjali – Rs 6
  • Purusha suktha Pushpanjali – Rs 20
  • Swayamvara suktha Pushpanjali – Rs 25
  • Saraswatham Archana – Rs 25
  • Iswara Seva – Rs 140
  • Choroonu – Rs 50
  • Chanthanam Charthu (Muzhuvan) – Rs 600
  • Udhayasthamaya Pooja – Rs 20000
  • Adimakidathal – Rs 150
  • Saniswara Pooja – Rs 150
  • Ennayattam – Rs 250
  • Karikkabishekam – Rs 5
  • Elluthiri + Enna – Rs 11
  • Enna – Rs 5
  • Neyyu – Rs 10
  • Palppayasam – Rs 60
  • Neippayasam – Rs 60
  • Kedavilakku – Rs 40
  • Niramala (A) – Rs 1450
  • Niramala (C) – Rs 350
  • Mala – Rs 10
  • Bhagyasuktha Pushpanjali – Rs 20
  • Sahasranama suktha Pushpanjali – Rs 25
  • Sree Suktham Pushpanjali – Rs 20
  • One Day Pooja – Rs 550
  • Vellanivedhyam – Rs 20
  • Thirumugham Chanthanam Charthu – Rs 100
  • Velli Avayavam – Rs 20
  • Kalabham – Rs 15000
  • Thulabharam / Thattilppannam – Rs 40
  • Neyyabhishekam – Rs 375

Nearest Temples Around Arattupuzha Sri Sastha temple :

  • Urakam Amma Thiruvadi Temple – Thrissur district – 4.00 km
  • Irinjilakuda Kudala Manikyam temple – Thrissur district – 11.00 km
  • Thrissur Vadakkunnathan shiva temple – Thrissur district – 14.00 km
  • Triprayar SriRama Temple – Thrissur district – 14.00 km
  • Kodungallur Kurumba Bhagavathi Temple – Thrissur district – 26.00 km
  • Kodungallur Thiruvanchikulam Mahadeva Temple – Thrissur district – 27.00 km
  • Paravoor Dakshina Mookambika Temple – Ernakulam district – 37.00 km
  • Guruvayur Sree Guruvayoorappan temple – Thrissur district – 39.00 km
  • Manjapra Karppillikavu mahadeva temple – Ernakulam district – 45.00 km
  • Kaladi Srikrishna Temple – Ernakulam district – 45.00 km
  • Chelamattom Sri Krishna Temple – Ernakulam district – 47.00 km
  • Aluva Thiruviranikkulam mahadeva temple – Ernakulam district – 49.00 km
  • Thottuva Dhanvanthari Moorthi temple – Ernakulam district – 55.00 km
  • Edappally Mahaganapathi temple – Ernakulam district – 61.00 km
  • Methala Kallil Bhagavathi Temple – Ernakulam district – 61.00 km
  • Vadakkanthara Thirupuraikal Bhagavathi Temple – Palakkad district – 73.00 km
  • Mamala Bhagavathi Temple – Ernakulam district – 73.00 km
  • Palakkad Manappully Bhagavathi Temple – Palakkad district – 73.00 km
  • Chottanikkara Sri Bhagavathi Temple – Ernakulam district – 74.00 km
  • Anicadu Thiruvumplavi Mahadeva temple – Ernakulam district – 74.00 km
  • Tripramgode Garudankavu Temple – Malappuram district – 76.00 km
  • Palakkad Thirupuraikal Bhagavathi Temple – Palakkad district – 77.00 km
  • Alathiyur Sri Anjaneya temple – Malappuram district – 77.00 km
  • Udayamperoor Ameda Temple – Ernakulam district – 79.00 km
  • Palakkad Kasi Viswanatha Swamy Temple – Palakkad district – 79.00 km
  • Palluruthy Sri Dhanwanthari Temple – Ernakulam district – 80.00 km
  • Kallekulangara Mariamman Temple – Palakkad district – 81.00 km
  • Thirunavaya Nava Mukunda Temple – Malappuram district – 82.00 km
  • Kallekulangara Emoor Bhagavathy Temple – Palakkad district – 82.00 km
  • Angadipuram Thirumandhamkunnu bhagavathi temple – Malappuram district – 83.00 km
  • Kadampuzha Sri Bhagavathi temple – Malappuram district – 88.00 km

Nearest Bus Stations :

  • Irinjalakuda – 13.00 km
  • Thrissur – 14.00 km
  • Chalakudy – 21.00 km
  • Guruvayur – 40.00 km

Nearest Railwaystations :

  • Nellayi – 8.00 km
  • Ollur – 9.00 km
  • Thrissur – 14.00 km
  • Irinjalakuda – 17.00 km

Nearest Airports :

  • Cochin International Airport, Cochin/kochi – 42.00 km
  • Calicut International Airport, Kozhikode – 117.00 km
  • Coimbatore International Airport, Coimbatore – 140.00 km
  • Kannur International Airport, Kannur – 226.00 km
  • Trivandrum International Airport, Thiruvananthapuram – 267.00 km
  • Mysore Airport,Mysore – 320.00 km
  • Tiruchirapally International Airport, Trichy – 344.00 km
  • Mangalore International Airport, Mangalore – 378.00 km

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