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Sri Sastha temple
Moolavar: Sastha
  Amman / Thayar: Pooranai and Pushkalai
  Thala Virutcham:
  Agamam / Pooja :
  Old year: 500 years old
  Historical Name: Sasthamangalam
  City: Sathamangalam
  District: Cuddalore
  State: Tamil Nadu
  10 day Vaikasi Brahammotsavam is celebrated in the temple in May-June.  
 Temple's Speciality:
  Lord Sastha appears with a whip in His hand. It is noteworthy that the idol of Sastha with His consorts Pooranai and Pushkalai is made of a single stone producing a sweet sound if tapped. There is a very big Nandhi in the temple opposite Lord Sastha shrine in a mandap specially built for the purpose. It is rare that Nandhi has a prominent place in a Sastha temple.  
Opening Time:
  The temple is open from 6.00 a.m. to 10.00 a.m. and from 5.00 p.m. to 8.00 p.m.  
  Sri Sastha Temple, C. Sathamangalam, Chidambaram, Cuddalore district.  
  +91 4254 22 22 76 
 General Information:

Elephant is the vahan for Lord Sastha in this temple.  There is also a big Nandhi in the temple housed in a special mandap.  It is rare to see Nandhi in a Sasha temple. It is also noteworthy that there are four horses in the temple – horses are an important feature in Sastha-Aiyanar temples.


Praying Sastha holding a whip in hand relieves the devotee from threats of enemies.  Praying Sastha with His consorts Pooranai and Pushkalai brings wedding boon to the devotee.

Thanks giving:
  Devotees perform abishek and archanas to Lord Sastha and offer vastras. 
 Greatness Of Temple:
  It is noteworthy that the idol of Lord Harihara Putra-Sastha with His consorts Poorana and Pushkla is made of a single stone that produces a musical tone.  The idol is too alluring.  A 10 day Brahmmotsavam is celebrated in May-June, beginning with flag hoisting on the first day and procession on each day.  Theerthavari in Vellaru river and wedding festival take place on the last day.  Lord comes in procession in the flower palanquin the next day when Nadaswaram and Thavil artists from near places gather in the temple offering music worship to Lord Sastha.  
  Temple History:
  People of this region were once facing threats from robbers.  They believed that Sastha worship would bring an end to this threat.  They installed Lord Hariharaputra-Sastha with His consorts Purna and Pushkala and began the prayers.  They were happy that the robbers disappeared.  Yet, a few years ago, the Panchaloka idols of Sastha with Purana and Pushkala had been stolen.  But the thieves themselves had brought back the idols and had left them in the temple.  The fact that worshipping Sastha with a whip in hand would bring relief from thieves was thus established.   
Special Features:
  Miracle Based: The idol of Lord Sastha with His consorts Purana and Pushkala is made of a special stone that produces a musical sound. There is a big Nandhi in this temple in a mandap specially built to house it.
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