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Temple of Karuppu Swami and Valiya Kadutha at Sabarimala Ayyappa Temple

There are a couple of small shrines in and around the main Sabarimala Ayyappa Temple. The most famous among them is the temple of Malikapurathamma and the sacred space dedicated to Vavar Swamy – the Muslim warrior friend of Ayyappa. Other popular small shrines are that of Karuppu Swami and Valiya Kadutha.

The temple of Karuppasamy is located on the right side of the Pathinettam Padi or the eighteen holy steps. The small shrine of Valiya Kadutha is located on the left side of holy steps.

The temple of Karuppu Swami also includes the murti of Karuppai Amma. They both were people from forest who helped Lord Ayyappa in his divine mission and are believed to have divine power. Valiya Kadutha is also an attendant of Lord Ayyappa. Please note that there is another shrine of Kochu Kadutha near the Malikappuram Temple and this deity is a warrior who fought along with Ayyappa.

Before climbing the Pathinettam Padi or the eighteen holy steps devotees offer a token amount and other offerings here.