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Kumarakom Sastha Temple Festival

Kumarakom Sastha temple is located on the Kumarakom – Attipeedika road in Kottayam district, Kerala. There is also a Subrahmanya Temple inside the compound of the temple. Kumarakom Sastha temple festival 2021 date is March 28. The annual festival is held on the Uthram nakshatra in Meenam month.

Musical rituals such as the Udukku pattu and the Villadichan pattu are held in connection with the festival.

Thaipooyam is another major festival here. It falls in the Malayalam month of Makaram (January - February). Carrying colorful kavadis and milk pots in procession is the main event on the day. Devotees also pierce their body with small lances especially the cheeks and tongue.

Both Sastha and Subrahmanya face east. It is believed that in the beginning this was a Subrahmanya or Murugan temple. Sastha prathishta was done later. Today the temple is famous for the Sastha murti. The Upa Devata worshipped in the temple is Bhoothathan.

Kumarakom is supposed to have derived its name from this temple – from the two words ‘kumara’ and ‘akam’ which in combination means ‘home of Lord Subrahmanya’.

The shrine is believed to have been built 2000 years ago. It is not known whether the Thekkumkoor kings or Vadakkumkoor kings built the temple. The Sree Dharma Sastha Temple is believed to be about 1200 years old.

Subrahmanya Temple has got an ottakkal mandapam.