Sree Ayyappa is the incarnation or Avathar of Sree Dharmasastha. The Raja of Kayamkulam constructed a beautiful temple in Pullukulangara, where Ayyappa addressed his countrymen and performed the consecration on Utram star, which was the star of Ayyappa as well as the day on which the meeting was held with the countrymen. In the temple, he built the main Sanctom Sanctorum (Sreekovil) with the idol of Ayyappa or Sri Dharma Sastha, facing the east. In the South, facing North, Devi's shrine is seen and in the Kanni Moola (South West corner), Lord Ganapathi, who is also called Vighneswara, Lord Mahadeva and Salagrama Vishnu can be seen. These idols were obtained from the bank of the temple pond for a Brahmin, which were the remains of an ancient, ruined, temple, which once existed. These idols along with the Salagrama Vishnu, who was his Upasana Moorthy (deity), were worshipped in the temple for hundreds of years, till the reconsecration, which was on July 5th, 1989. After this, Lord Mahadeva was given a separate shrine which is on the North East to the main temple, with another shrine with Brahma Rakshas, just North to Lord Mahadeva. Naga Raja and Naga Yakshi Amma are placed in the extreme North East (all the three facing the west) and Yakshi Amma in the North West, facing the East. Lord Ganapathy and Salagrama Vishnu are in their previous positions.
Devotees visit this temple to seek fulfillment of the following:-
- Bring consciousness
- Free from ego
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.