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Thrikkunnapuzha Sree Dharmasastha Temple – Information – History - Festival

Thrikkunnapuzha Sree Dharmasastha temple is located at Thrikkunnapuzha on the shores of Arabian Sea in Kerala. The temple is one among the 108 Ayyappan Kavukal in Kerala. In fact, the shrine is counted as the first among the 108 Sastha temples. The deity worshipped in Thrikkunnapuzha Sastha temple is the Sastha along with Prabha and Satyaka.

The original murti had lost its left hand and therefore Panchaloha murti is etched into the original murti. The darshanam of Thrikkunnapuzha Sree Dharmasastha is towards east. Legend has it that the original murti was consecrated by Parashurama.

The Upa Devatas worshipped in the temple are Subrahmanian, Shiva, Goddess Durga, Yakshi and Rakshas. The Subrahmanya murti is nearly 6 feet tall.

The 10-day annual festival begins with kodiyettam (flag hoisting) on Karthika nakshatra and ends with arattu on Uthram nakshatra in Vrischikam month.

The temple was submerged in sea many times. A Shilarekha (writing on stone) in the temple mentions that a Perumal murti retrieved from the sea was installed here on Meenam 27 Kollavarsham 932 (1757 CE).

As per history, the temple was built during the period of Cheraman Perumal. The temple was under the management of Edappally Swaroopam till 1973 CE.

The temple is now managed by Ayyappa Seva Sangham.