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Sri Adhisaya Sastha temple
Moolavar: Sastha
  Urchavar: -
  Amman / Thayar: -
  Thala Virutcham: Vilwa
  Theertham: Yaga Gunda Theertham
  Agamam / Pooja : -
  Old year: 500 years old
  Historical Name: -
  City: Kanyakumari
  District: Kanyakumari
  State: Tamil Nadu
  Following Panguni Uthiram in March-April on the 7th and 8th day a festival is celebrated for Sastha when He comes in procession on Horse vahan.  
 Temple's Speciality:
  Lord Sastha is traditionally seen with His feet pressed on the floor in a yoga style. In this temple, He is on a platform (peetam) with His right leg bent and the left toe pressed on the floor. He holds a club on the right hand wearing a necklace and the holy thread on the chest. His curled hair is well dressed. Sastha in such a design is not anywhere in India.  
Opening Time:
  The temple is open from 7.00 a.m. to a.m. and from 6.00 p.m. to 7.00 p.m.  
  Sri Adhisaya Sastha Temple, Kanyakumari.  
  +91- 94434 94473, 94430 02731 
 General Information:

The famous Sthanumalayan temple in Sussendram is very near to this temple within a walkable distance.  Madan Thambiran, Bhoodattar, Eenan, Vanniar and other deities are in the corridor.


Those suffering from vision problems are advised to pray in the temple.

Thanks giving:
  Devotees perform abishek to the Lord and offer Vastras.  
 Greatness Of Temple:

Yaga Gunda Theertham has special significance in the temple.  Maharshi Athri stayed in his hermitage here with his wife Anusuya.  With a view to show her chastity to her Rishi husband, the three Lords – Brahmma, Vishnu and Shiva – visited the hermitage in the guise of ascetics.  When invited for lunch, the three said that they will accept her hospitality only if she serves them nude.  Anusuya had no hesitation.  She immediately took the water from the plate with which she performed the pada puja for her husband (washing the feet of the husband), spilled on the ascetics.  The ascetic became simply infants. Stunned by her instant action, the Lords appeared before Anusuya with their respective consorts.


As Maharshi Athri had his Ashram here, the place was first known as Asramam and later Asraamam.  The spring created by Maharshi Athri is outside the temple, known as Yaga Gunda Theertha.  Vilwa the sacred tree of the temple, 3 in numbers has its bunches with three, five and nine leaves.

  Temple History:

In days of yore, the devotees of the place worshipped Sastha as their family deity.  They made a small idol of Sastha, built a small temple and installed the idol.  Later, a person with impaired vision was lying in the temple and was worshipping the Lord seeing him with the eye of the mind.  He felt as if somebody was sitting by applying Kajal in his eyes.  He regained his vision.  Based on this event, the Lord is  also known as Anjanam (kajal) Thadavia (applying) Kandan.  Kandan is the short  form of Manikandan, another name of Sastha.

Lord Sastha graces in the temple in quite a different form against the traditional style, keeping His right leg bent and the left toe pressed on the ground.  He holds a club in His right hand wearing a necklace and the sacred thread.  His curling hair is beautifully dressed.  This is a form of Sastha exclusively in this temple only and nowhere in India.  There are elephant and horse vahans in front the shrine.

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