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Aryankavu Ayyappa Temple

Among the five most important temples dedicated to Lord Ayyappa in Kerala, the Ayyappa Temple at Aryankavu in Kollam District is very significant.

The shrine at Aryankav is known as Aryankavu Shastha Temple. The unique thing about the temple is that Lord Ayyappa is depicted as a teenager (young boy) here. Ayyappa is known as Tiruaryan here and therefore the place got the name Aryankavu.

The temple is located on the Trivandrum – Tenkasi National Highway. It is surrounded by forests.Similar to  Sabarimala, women from the age 10 to 50 are not allowed inside the Aryankavu Ayyappa Temple. The rituals and pujas followed at Aryankavu Sastha Temple is that of Tamil tradition.

The sanctum sanctorum of the temple has idols of Devi, Shiva and Sastha. A young Ayyappa sits in the middle with Devi on the left side and Shiva on the right side. The festival at the temple is celebrated during the last days of the Sabarimala Mandala Kalam.

Some of the important festivals observed in this temple are Pandiyanmudippu, Trikalyanam and Kumbhabhishekam.

 

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