Kulathupuzha sastha temple – worship to lord ayyappa in child posture
Kulathupuzha sastha temple lord ayyappa as kulathuppuzha balakan
Kulathupuzha sastha temple is one of the ancient temples in kerala dedicated to lord ayyappa in kollam district. the temple is located at the banks of kulathupuzha river is one of the tributary river to kallada, this is a main stop for the pilgrimages who go to sabarimala ayyappa temples, this served as the rest house for the pilgrimages and provides many facilities by the temple authority. kulathupuzha is locted at the eastern side of kollam. it located at the high way of kollam chenkotta route.
the principal deity of the temple is lord ayyappa is worshiped in the balasastha posture, that maens a childish posture of the lord ayyapppa, this is one of the pancha sastha shines and also 108 ayyappa shines in kerala.
The principal deity as kulathupuzha balakan for the local devotees. as the deity in bala sastha it is in both fierce mood and auspicious mood. except the prime deity there are many sub deities lies in the temple compound which includes shiva, vishnu, yakshi, naga, ganapathy, bhoothathan and karupppa swami. the temple located at the green lush beauty of the forest, it comes under the kulathupuzha reserve forest range.
meen oottu vazhipadu at kulathupuzha temple is the special offering at the temple which is feeding the fishes that shown in the temple pond, this considered as the one of the favorite of lord ayyappa and hence the temple preserves very well by the temple authority and protects the fishes also.A lot of the devotees reach at this temple not only the locals but also the pilgrimages of sabarimala and peoples from all parts of the state. The annual festival is usually celebrates in malayalam month medam. kulathuppuzha is the nearest city at a distance of 20 km and the railway station at punalur is about 22 km away. the nearest airport at trivandrum at a distance of 118 km
Address: Thiruvananthapuram – Thenmala Rd, Kulathupuzha, Kerala 691310