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Nanniyode Pacha Dharmasastha Temple – Festival

Nanniyode Pacha Dharmasastha Temple, also known as Pachha Nedumparambu Dharma Sastha temple, is located Nanniyode, around 15 km north of Nedumangad in Thiruvananthapuram district, Kerala. The shrine is dedicated to Sashta or Ayyappa. The 10-day annual festival in the temple is held in Meena Masam (March – April). Uthram nakshatra day is the most important day during the annual festival.

The pratishta in the temple was performed by Parashurama and thus it is one among 108 Sastha temples in Kerala. The color of Sastha murti here is green. The shrine has a chuttambalam, kodimaram (flag pole), shrines of upa devatas and namaskara mandapam.

This ancient temple has a gaja prishta sreekovil – like the backside of an elephant.

The annual festival is famous for fireworks and karpoora deepam.

Saturday is an important day in the temple and several devotees offer prayers here for Shani dosha pariharam.