Achankovil Sree Dharmasastha Temple, Kollam

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#11 of 15 in Historic Sites in Kollam
Achankovil Sastha Temple is a Hindu temple and one of the 108 Sasthalayas, located in Pathanapuram tehsil of Kollam district in the Indian state of Kerala. It is also one among the famed Pancha Sastha temples in Kerala, the other four being Kulathupuzha, Aryankavu, Sabarimala and Kanthamala temples.TempleThe temple located in the deep forest interiors is mostly visited by Tamil devotees than that of Malayalee devotees. As in Sabarimala temple, Achankovil temple also have eighteen steps.Ayyappa, the MahavaidyaLord Ayyappa presides there in the form of grihastha (householder) and the idol faces east. It is believed to installed by Lord Parasurama himself. The pratishta of Lord Ayyappa here is quite unique from that of other Sastha shrines in Kerala. The idol is known as Rudraksha sila. He is depicted as a grihasthashrami (one who leads a married life) along with his two consorts Poorna and Pushkala. The temple is famed for curing poisonous Snakebites and thus Ayyappa is often portraited as a Mahavaidya (great physician). The right palm of the idol always keeps Chandanam (Sandalwood) and Theertham (sacred water) which is thought to have medicinal properties.
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  • Achankovil Sree Dharmasastha Temple is the oldest temple where people used to come here and visit and gain in prayer and worship  more »
  • Achankovil Shree Dharmasastha Temple in Achankovil, Kerala is one of the six famous Lord Ayyappan Temples.  more »
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  • No good road from kerala to reach there. A very good road from Tamil Nadu to reach there. There is no restaurants there to occupy a crowd. A small tea shop with food there. Good meals.
  • Very nice and peaceful and calm temple. Situated & surrounded by western ghat hills.
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