P.O. Arattupuzha, Urakam, (Dt), Kerala (State), Arattupuzha, Kerala 680562
The Arattupuzha Temple is a Hindu temple situated at Arattupuzha in Thrissur district of Kerala in India, administered by Cochin Devaswom BoardThe famous Sree Sastha temple is situated at Arattupuzha, a beautiful, quiet village located 15km away from Thrissur town. The road that leads to this temple is 2km towards east from Thevar Road Stop in Thrissur Kodungallur route. The antiquity of this temple dates back to 3000 years and the temple hosts the most ancient and the world’s second oldest festival “Devamela” (Festival when all gods and goddesses assemble) at Arattupuzha.Arattupuzha is a culturally significant village located in Thrissur district of Kerala. This village, about 15 km from the town of Thrissur is renowned for the annual pooram festival called Arattupuzha Pooram held in April/May.
The Sree Sastha Temple, dedicated to Sage Vasishta, which is believed to be more than 3000 years old and its premises are the venue for the festivities. It is believed that during the festival period, Lord Ayyappa, the presiding deity at the Sree Sastha Temple is visited by gods and goddesses of the neighbouring villages.
The uniqueness of this festival is the ceremonial processions carrying the images of the deities of 41 neighbouring temples to this village
Legend / Local stories
According to legends, the antiquity of this temple dates back 3000 years. The temple has been the host of the most ancient and well-known yearly Devamela, a festival when all gods and goddesses assemble at Arattupuzha. It is believed that the deity of Arattupuzha temple is the embodiment of the divine potential of Guru Vasishta, the master of Rama.