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Pandavam Sree Dharma Sastha Temple Festival

Pandavam Sree Dharma Sastha temple is located at Aymanam village (Kottayam – Parippu road) in Kottayam district, Kerala. Pandavam Sree Dharma Sastha temple festival 2021 date is December 19 to December 26. The 8-day annual festival ends on Uthram nakshatra in Dhanu month.

Sastha is worshipped along with Purna and Pushkala in the same peedam in the sanctum sanctorum. This type of Vigraham is found only in this temple in Central Travancore.

The sreekovil is square shape – sama chaturakriti – and the deity faces east.

The Upa Devatas worshipped in the temple are Ganapathy, Shiva, Malikapurathamma, Yakshi, Mahavishnu, Nagaraja and Giri Devata.

The belief is that the prathishta in the temple was done by Naranathu Bhranthan.

The temple was built by a Thekkumkoor king who was an ardent devotee of Sabarimala Ayyappa.

Pandavam Sree Dharma Sastha Temple Mural Paintings

The walls of the sreekovil of the temple are famous for mural paintings.

The very rare mural painting of Indra performing Aattakalasham can be seen in the temple. Indra with eyes all over his body sitting atop Airavata elephant is another important mural painting. Portrait of Dharmaraja of Travancore is another important painting.

The other mural paintings in the temple include Shiva Thandavam, Ayyappa sitting atop elephant, Sri Krishna playing with gopis, Ganapati puja, Sastha hunting, Kannanam Unni, Yoga Narasimha, Sri Krishna Leela, Vishnu atop Garuda, Kartikeya, Parvati Parinayam, Swayamvara Parvati, and Dakshinamurti.