The Arattupuzha Temple is a Hindu temple situated at Arattupuzha in Thrissur district of Kerala in India. This temple is dedicated to Lord Iyappan.
About the Deity
The idol is seen sitting in a serene posture, with an "Amrutha Kalasa" in his right hand resting on the right knee. It is believed that the deity of Arattupuzha temple is the embodiment of the divine potential of Guru Vasishta, the great master of Lord Sree Rame. This is one of the rare temples devoid of any other deities.
About the Temple
The famous Sree Sastha temple is situated at Arattupuzha, a beautiful, quiet village located 15km away from Thrissur town. The road that leads to this temple is 2km towards east from Thevar Road Stop in Thrissur Kodungallur route. The temple dates back to 3000 years and the temple host the most ancient and the world's second oldest festival "Devamela" (Festival when all gods and goddesses assemble) at Arattupuzha.
Legend and Stories
According to legends, the antiquity of this temple dates back 3000 years. The temple has been the host of the most ancient and well-known yearly Devamela, a festival when all gods and goddesses assemble at Arattupuzha.
This are the festival celebrated in the temple Prathishta dinam, Illam Nira, Ramayanamasacharanam, Ashtadravya MahaGanapathy Homam, Puthari Nivedyam, Navarathri Festival, Vidya Saraswararchana, Desavilakku Festvial.
How To Reach Arattupuzha Temple
The nearest bus stop is Arattupuzha. The nearest railway station is in Thrissur. The nearest airport is Cochin International Airport.
P.O. Arattupuzha, Urakam, (Dt),
Arattupuzha, Kerala - 680562
Devotees visit this temple to seek fulfillment of the following:-
- To be blessed by the divine power emanating from the presiding deity
Om Bootha Nathaya Vidhmahe Bava Nandhanaya Dheemahe Tanno Sastha Prachodayaath
Meaning -We worship Lord Shiva's son, Ayyappa. Salutations to Saastha (Ayyappa). May Ayyappa encourage our creativity.
Mattha Mathanga Gamanam Karunyamrutha Pooritham Sarva Vigna Haram Devam Sastharam Pranamamyaham
Meaning -I salute Lord Ayyappa, who has an elephant's gait, who is compassionate and who destroys all obstacles.
Loka Veeryam Mahaa Poojyam Sarva Rakshaakaram Vibhum Parvathee Hirdya Anandham Saasthaaram Pranamaamyaham
Meaning -I bend down to Lord Shastha, who defends Dharma and Sastra and who brings happiness to Parvathi's heart, the fearless warrior that protects all, who has great glory and who warrants great admiration and devoted worship.
Bhoothanatha, Sadananda, Sarva Bhootha Daya Para, Raksha Raksha Maha Baho, Sasthre Thubham Namo Nama
Meaning -I offer my salutations to Lord Sastha, the master of all beings, who is infinitely every happy, who is merciful towards everyone, I pray, protect me great hero.
The temple will be open from Mon-Sun: 05:30 AM - 10:30 AM, 05:00 PM - 08:30 PM.