Sree Dharma Sastha Temple is a renowned shrine, situated at Thycaud in Thiruvananthapuram,which is the capital city of the State Kerala. The temple is located near the Govt. Model School and Government Arts College, Thiruvananthapuram. This ancient temple is dedicated to Lord Dharma Sastha, who is popularly called Lord Ayyappa Swamy. The temple is located at a distance of about 8 kms from the Thiruvananthapuram International Airport and the Central Railway Station. The Bus Station is 1.5 km away from the temple. The temple administration is taken care by the Nair Service Society. Huge number of devotees throngs this Dharma Sastha temple every day.
About The Deity
The presiding deity of this temple is Lord Ayyappa Swamy. Other deities in the temple include Lord Ganapathy, Lord Vishnu, Durga Devi, Lord Hanuman Swamy, Lord Subramanya Swamy and the Navagrahas.
Mandala-Makaravilakku which is the most auspicious festival for Lord Dharma Sastha, is primarily celebrated in this temple. Festivals like Shivarathri, Navarathri, Thaipooyam, Ashtami Rohini, Hanuman Jayanthi are also celebrated with much gala and devotion.
Various holy rituals such as the yagna and poojas are performed to the deities in this temple. Muzhukappu, Pushpanjali, Aravana Payasam, Panchamritham, Paalpayasam, etc are offered to the deity by the devotees. Neerajanam is an important offering which is provided on all Saturdays, for which large number of devotees throng the temple. Ganapathi Homams and ‘Navagraha Pooja' are also performed by the devotees in this temple.
How to Reach Thiruvananthapuram
The Trivandrum international airport is well-connected with different cities across the globe, especially to countries like Singapore and the Middle East. The airport also has direct flights to major Indian cities like New Delhi, Chennai Mumbai, Cochin and Bangalore.
The Trivandrum Central railway station is situated within the city and is well connected to other Indian cities like New Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Guwahati, Indore, Bangalore, etc.
The main bus station in Thiruvananthapuram is situated adjacent to the railway station. There are regular KSRTC buses to nearby cities like Cochin, Bangalore, Madurai, Coimbatore and Chennai. Other bus operators include Tamil Nadu’s SETC, Raj National Express and GTC, etc.
Thycaud Sri Dharma Sastha Temple,
MG Radhakrishnan Rd, Paund Colony, Thycaud,
India, Pincode – 695014.
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.
The temple is open from 6AM to 9PM.