Dharmasastha Temple, Choozhal, Kanyakumari
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Dharmasastha Temple is a Hindu Temple dedicated to Lord Ayyappan located at Choozhal Village located at Kerala Border in Kanyakumari District of Tamilnadu. Though the temple is in Tamil Nadu, it follows typical South Kerala rituals and it is managed and owned by Kalpazhamadom Choozhal. The other deities worshiped in the temple are Ganapathy and Nagaraja. It is open during the Mandalakalam, Makaravilakku Pooja, all saturdays, every Uthram Nakshatram day (Pakkanal of Ayyappan), Aayilyam and the other important dates as per the Hindu Calendar. The Temple Puja timing is from 6 Pm to 8pm however in some occasions the puja used to perform in Morning also.
The temple festival is in Makaravilakku which start on Makaravilakku day and continue for another 10 days. The festival starts with the Ponkala and followed by Special Pujas, Sapthaham. On the Last day of the Festival, the Idol of the God Dharmasastha is taken out on a procession around the village in elephant followed by Arati. During the visit, devotees of the Village used to worship the God with Thattapuja. The procession accompanied by Tharappoli and some cultural programmes.
The Temple is located at about 5 Kms from Kollamkode, 6 Kms from Parassala, 12 Kms from Kuzhithurai, 15 Kms from Marthandam, 10 Kms from Vilavancode, 20 Kms from Chitharal, 28 Kms from Thuckalay, 40 Kms from Nagercoil, 60 Kms from Kanyakumari and 40 Kms from Thiruvananthapuram. The Temple is located 1 Km from Choozhal Bus Stop in Parassala – Poovar / Kollemcode Road. Nearest Railway Station is located at Parassala and Nearest Airport is located at Thiruvananthapuram.