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Aryanad Pulimoottil Kandan Sastha Temple – Festival – Purusha Pongala

Aryanad Pulimoottil Kandan Sastha temple is located at Pulimoodu – Aryanad in Thiruvananthapuram district, Kerala. The shrine is dedicated to Kandan Sastha. This is a unique temple in Kerala where men perform the pongala festival and is known as Aryanad Purusha pongala. The pongala ritual is mainly associated with women.

The two day annual festival in the temple is held on Uthram nakshatra day in Meena Masam (March - April) and is famous as the Panguni Uthiram festival.

The annual festival is also noted for ezhunnallathu, caparisoned elephant, melam, and performing art forms of Kerala.

This is a small chathura sreekovil temple with some rare and unique pujas and rituals. The deities worshipped here are mainly seen in Southern Kerala.