Perumbavoor Dharma Sastha Temple
Located at Perumbavoor, Ernakulam, Perumbavoor Dharma Sastha Temple is a famous temple dedicated to Sree Dharma Sastha. The history of Perumbavoor Dharma Sastha Temple can be traced back to 11th century. Devotees visits this temple on their way to Sabarimala Temple.
According to the legends, Nallur Kartha, one of the Nair nobles of Perumbavoor built the Perumbavoor Shree Dharma Sastha Temple. Nallur Kartha once engaged two boys as his servants and they were given raw rice as wages every day. Every day after their work the boys took raw rice and some Thulasi (sweet basil) leaves from there. Once Kartha became suspicious about the action of the boys and followed them. Kartha saw the boys standing near a Palmyr...View more
tree and then they disappeared. Nallur Kartha had a dream that night in which Lord Ayyappa appeared and informed him that it was He who worked as his servant and the other boy is His friend. Lord asked Nallur Kartha to construct a temple for Him and His friend for which Nallur Kartha would get sufficient money for the construction of the temple from the beneath of Palmyra tree. On looking, Kartha found a bag full of gold coins and he built the temple using that money.
Perumbavoor Dharma Sastha Temple complex is situated in an 8-acre plot. The complex consists of Sreekovil, chuttambalam with agra-mandapam, valiya-balikal, pradakshinavazhi, deepasthambham, dhwajam, aanakottil and oottupura.
At Perumbavoor Dharma Sastha Temple, Kerala traditional attire is preferred.
Legend of Ayyappa is related to the tribal warrior history and this temple is a vital link between the indigenous history and the Vedic traditions. Perumbavoor is closer to the Vedic centres that existed along the banks of Periyar.
Sree Dharma Sastha Temple, Perumbavoor Municipal Town, Ernakulam 683 542
Perumbavoor Dharma Sastha Temple is situated right at the heart of Perumbavoor Town and just 100 m east of Main Central Road towards Angamali. The temple is connected by proper roads.
The idol of Lord Ayyappa here is in a unique pose. Lord sits on a sila-peetham with right leg folded in upright pose with right foot firmly fixed to the peetha. The left leg is folded and kept slantingly in such a way that its toes come in front of the right foot. The right hand is also kept in a slanting pose over the right knee with th efolded palm holding a weapon, assumed to be a churika or sword. The left arm is also slanting and the palm is kept at the rear of the peetham. On the whole, the idol gives the impression that the Lord is ready for the war and is about to start.
Appam, Katum payasam, vella nivedyam, neyyabhishekam, palabhishekam and panineer abhishekam are the main offerings at Perumbavoor Dharma Sastha Temple with appam, katum-payasam and neyyabhishekam being special.
January/February : Chirapppu