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Thrikkalathoor Sree Rama Temple – Sastha Temple – History

Thrikkalathoor Sree Rama temple is located at Thrikkalathoor on Perumbavoor – Muvattupuzha road in Ernakulam district, Kerala. The main deity worshipped in the temple is Bhagavan Sri Rama. The darshanam of Thrikkalathoor Sree Rama is towards east. Sastha worshipped in the temple has equal importance. The Sastha worshipped in the temple is mentioned in Thottam Pattu, which narrates the names of 108 Ayyappan Kavukal in Kerala. The Sastha here is referred to as Mannoor Kavu.

A chatur bahu vigraham (four-armed murti) is worshipped in a circular sanctum sanctorum (vatta sreekovil). The temple has a nalambalam and gopuram on the east and west side.

As per popular belief the form of Sri Rama is that of annihilating Khara and then giving darshan to Khara in Shaiva Chaithanya form. As result the belief is that worshipping Sri Rama in the temple is equal to visiting a Shiva shrine.

The Upa Devatas worshipped in the temple are Ganapathy, Dakshinamurti, Hanuman, Durga, Nagam, Yakshi and Rakshas.

The Sreekovil of Sastha is located southwest side of the Nalambalam. The deity faces east. Panchaloha golakam is worn around the neck of the Sastha murti carved in stone.

The 8-day annual festival in the temple concludes on Thiruvonam nakshatra in Makaram month. Pujas and rituals are held on Makaravilakku too.

The temple is now maintained by a Trust.