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Pandalam Valiyakoikkal Temple - History - Info - Kalabham Festival – Sastha Temple Associated With Sabarimala Ayyappa

Pandalam Valiyakoikkal temple is an important Sastha temple associated with Sabarimala Ayyappa temple located at Pandalam in Pathanamthitta district, Kerala. Pandalam Valiyakoikkal temple Kalabham ritual is held on the Uthram nakshatra in Kumbham month. On the Uthram nakshatra day, the Thiruvabharanam of Sabarimala Ayyappa is adorned on the Ayyappa worshipped in the temple.

The main deity worshiped in the temple is Ayyappa or Sastha. There are no Upa Devatas in the temple. The main deity faces east.

The Thiruvabharanam that adorns Ayyappa on Makaravilakku day at Sabarimala Ayyappa temple is kept in this temple.

As per history, Pandalam king had built this temple at the Pandalam Kovilakam after performing the Prathishta at the Sabarimala temple. He built the temple for performing daily puja – nitya puja.

The temple remains closed for 12 days if any person dies at the Pandalam Kovilakam – the ancestral family of Ayyappa.

Uthram nakshatra day in Meenam Masam in another important day in the temple.