Sabarimala Sri Dharmasastha Temple
Sabarimala Sri Dharmasastha Temple, is the most popular and ancient Sastha temple in Kerala. It is situated near Pampa river in Pathanamthitta district hence this river is also considered sacred. All the people visiting Sabarimala Sri Dharmasastha Temple, takes a bath at Pampa river and only then they go to the temple. The main deity here is Lord Ayyappa.
Sabarimala Sri Dharmasastha Temple is located in a remote area, surrounded by dense forest and mountains. The pilgrims have to suffer a lot during their walk from Pampa to the temple as the path is full or stones and thorns. Mandala pooja and Makaravilakku are the two main events of this temple. A pilgrim attending the Mandala pooja should observe austerities for 41 days and wear a chain made of rudraksha. Only men, children and old ladies are allowed to enter this temple. Young ladies and women are not permitted to this temple as it is believed that Lord Aiyappa is unmarried.
Pilgrims going to Sabarimala Sri Dharmasastha Temple takes "Irumudi Kettu" along with them. During Makara Jyothi, thiruvabharanam of Lord arrives at Sabariamla from Pandalam palace in three boxes. At that time a Garud flies above the sky and it is believed that the guard is flying around to safeguard the jewels. The famous prasadham from this temple is "Aravana payasam".
Aranmula Parthasarathy Temple
Aranmula Parthasarathy Temple is situated in Aranmula of Pathanamthitta district. The main deity in this temple is Lord Sree Krishna. The term "Parthasarathy" means Arjuna's Charioteer. Lord Krishna was Arjuna's Charioteer during Mahabharatha war hence the name. This temple is one among the "Divya Desams", the 108 temples of Vishnu revered by the 12 poet saints, or Alwars. This temple truly depicts Dravidian architecture style and is one of the most ancient temples in the state. Aranmula "Arattu" festival is the main festival happening in this temple during the Meenam month.
Sri Malayalappuzha Devi Temple
Sri Malayalappuzha Devi Temple is situated in Malayalappuzha of Pathanamthitta district and is yet another oldest temple in the state. The architectural beauty, stone carvings and wall paintings within the temple adds to its beauty. The main deity in this temple is Goddess Bhadrakali. This temple is situated on the top of a hill and is considered as very sacred. people from all religions come here to take the blessings of the goddess. Thoniyari Payasam, Manjadi seeds, arecanut, betel leaves, tobacco, camphor etc are offered to the goddess.
“Malayalappuzha Thoopu” means in-order to protect their produce form theft, farmers offer Malayalapuzha Devi a part of their produce. The farmers take a cloth from thetemple and will write on it taht a part of thair produce belongs to Goddess. It is believed that if this is done, then there will be no theft of the produce from their field.
Kaviyoor Mahadevar Temple
Kaviyoor Mahadevar Temple is commonly known as Thrikkaviyoor Mahadeva Temple.This temple is located in Kaviyoor of Pathanamthitta district. The primary deity in this temple is Lord Siva. Mahadevan is the other name for Lord Siva. This temple is under the administration of Travancore Devaswom Board.
Kaviyoor Mahadevar Temple is one of the oldest temples in Kerala which is more than 1000 years old and is believed to be constructed during 10th century. Its architectural beauty is outstanding and unique. This temple is also known as Hanuman Temple, as their is a popular Lord Hanuman Swamy temple in the temple complex. This temple falls under Thiruvalla group of temples. Dhara, Muzhukkappu, Chatussatham are the main offerings to Lord Siva. Vatamala , Aval Nivedyam (Aval Panthirunaazhi), Vettila mala, Venna charthu are the main offerings for Lord Hanuman.
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