Sasthamkotta Dharmasastha temple :

God and Godess :

  • Lord dharmasastha
  • LordGanapathy
  • Lord Shiva
  • Yakshiyamma
  • Rekshuss.
  • Risheeswaran
  • Madan Swamy
  • Nagaraja
  • NagaYakshi
  • Bhoothathan

Location :

Sasthamcotta Sri DharmasasthaTemple / Ayyappa swamy temple,
College Road, Sasthamkotta ,
Kollam district-690521
Kerala

Timings :

  • Morning – 4. 30 am to  11. 30 am
  • Evening – 5. 00 pm to 7. 45 pm

Temple History :

Sasthamcotta Shri Dharma Sastha temple is one of the five ancient Sastha temples in Kerala- AchanKoil, Aryankavu, Kulathupuzha, Sasthamcotta, and Sabarimala. The concept of Dharma Sastha represents the union of Vaishnava and Saiva beliefs. The presiding deity of the temple is Shri Dharma Sastha, accompanied by his consort ‘Prabha’ and son ‘Sathyaka’. The legend of this temple stretches beyond the period of the Ramayana (Thretha Yug). It is believed that Shri Rama along with his wife Sita, brother Lakshmana and the whole Vaanara Sena, on their way back to Ayodhya after the victory over Ravana, stopped at Sasthamcotta to pay their reverence to Shri Dharma Sastha.

Shri Rama offered ‘Pithru Tarpan’ on the banks of the Sasthamcotta Lake, the water of which is supposed to be identical to ‘Surya Raga Theertha’ of Manasa Sarovar. Lord Rama then deputed the chief architect of his Vanara (monkey) team, ‘Neelan’ to serve his host. Neelan is believed to be the predecessor of the prevailing monkey clan in this temple.

Festivals :

  • Utsavam (annual festival)
  • Shiva Prathishta Vaarshikom
  • Thiruvonam
  • Navaratri
  • Mandala Mahotsav (41 days)
  • Makara Sankrama pooja
  • Sivaratri
  • Painkuni Utram
  • Pathamudayam
  • Karkidaka Vavu

Ticket price for rituals, darshanams & special sevas :

  • Daily poojas
  • Palli Unarth – 4. 30 am
  • Nirmalyam – 5. 00 am
  • Usha Pooja –   6. 45 am
  • Ucha Pooja – 11. 30 am
  • Nada Opening –   5. 00 pm
  • Deeparadhana – 6. 00 pm to 6.45 pm
  • Athazha pooja –   7. 30 pm to 7. 45 pm
  •   Name of Offerings –     Diety to whome offering is made
  •   Ada –   Dharma Sastha
  •   Idichupizhinja payasam    –   Dharma Sastha
  •   Aravana      –   Dharma Sastha
  •   Kadalipazham     –   Dharma Sastha
  •   Neeranjanam     –   Dharma Sastha
  •   Payazam – Lord  Siva
  •   Jaladhara    – Lord  Siva
  •   Ottayappam –  Ganapathi
  •   Vara nivedyam –  Yakshiyamma
  •   Palpayasam –   Rekshuss
  •   Poovan pazham, ilaneeru –  Risheeswaran
  •   Naleekeram udaykkal –   Madanswami

Nearest Temples Around Sasthamkotta Dharmasastha temple :

  • Temple Name – Area/City – Distance (in KM)
  • Haripad Mannarasala Sree Nagaraja Temple – Alappuzha district – 39.00 km
  • Haripad Sri Subramanya Temple – Alappuzha district – 39.00 km
  • Varkala Sivagiri mutt – Tiruvanantapuram district – 53.00 km
  • Cherthala Sri Katyayani Devi Temple – Alappuzha district – 92.00 km
  • Ilanji Thiruvilanji kumarar Temple – Tirunalveli / Tirunelveli district – 94.00 km
  • Varanad Devi Jagadambika temple – Alappuzha district – 96.00 km
  • Kutrallam Courtrallanathar temple – Tirunalveli / Tirunelveli district – 96.00 km
  • Vellayani Devi temple – Tiruvanantapuram district – 96.00 km
  • Pampoli Tirumalai Kumaraswamy Temple – Tirunalveli / Tirunelveli district – 97.00 km
  • Tenkasi Kasi Viswanatha temple – Tirunalveli / Tirunelveli district – 97.00 km
  • Vaikom Mahadeva temple – Kottayam district – 106.00 km
  • Kadayam Vilvanatha swamy Temple – Tirunalveli / Tirunelveli district – 116.00 km
  • Papanasam Arulmigu Papanasa swamy Temple – Tirunalveli / Tirunelveli district – 130.00 km
  • SankaranKovil Sankaranarayanan Swamy Temple – Tirunalveli / Tirunelveli district – 138.00 km
  • Singampatti Forest Sorimuthu Ayyanar Temple – Tirunalveli / Tirunelveli district – 142.00 km
  • Tirunelveli Nellaiappar & Kanthimathi Temple – Tirunalveli / Tirunelveli district – 149.00 km
  • Kalugumalai Kalugasalamoorthy Temple – Thoothukudi district – 155.00 km
  • Cumbam Arulmigu Kambaraya perumal Kasi Viswanathar Thirukoil – Theni district – 161.00 km
  • Uthamapalayam Sri Kalatheeswarar temple – Theni district – 171.00 km
  • Srivilliputhur Vaidyanatha temple – Viridhunagar district – 172.00 km
  • Srivilliputhur Andal Temple – Viridhunagar district – 173.00 km
  • kovilpatti Sri Poovananathar Swamy Temple – Thoothukudi district – 176.00 km
  • Chinnamanur Sivakami Amman pula Nandeeswara temple – Theni district – 178.00 km

Nearest Bus Stations :

  • Kayamkulam – 26 km
  • Adoor – 20 km
  • Mavelikara – 31 km
  • Kollam – 29 km
  • Bharanikavu – 3 km
  • Karunagappally – 12 km
  • Oachira – 21 km

Nearest Railwaystations :

  • Karunagappally – 11 km
  • Kayamkulam – 27 km
  • Sasthankotta – 5 km

Nearest Airports :

  • Trivendrum – 84 km
  • Cochin – 153 km
  • Calicut – 286 km
  • Kannur – 394 km
  • Coimbatore – 321 km
  • Tiruchirapalli – 388 km
  • Madhurai – 250 km

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