Vana Sastha & Vana Durga Temple, Ithiyapuram Kaavu, Kanyakumari
|Architectural style:||Dravidian architecture|
Legend / Local stories
Long time ago, Travancore King Marthanda Varma ran via this place to save his life and after becoming the King he handed over a copper record of legal documents as a gift to this temple and was said by the people during his period. There was no one to maintain this temple for a long period and was lying dilapidated. In the reason past this temple was well maintained because of the action taken by the local public and regular worships are taking place.
It is believed that Goddess Vana Durga came all the way from the dense jungle of Pechiparai and in protection to her God Vana Sastha and Snakes troops came here to this place. During every Pournami days we could have a Dharshan of Nagar without fail.
Main Deities of this Temple are Vana Sastha and Vana Durga. Other Deities available in this temple are Bala Ganapati, Nagaraja, Naga Yakshi, Naga Kanni, Krishna, Eeshvarakala Boothathan. Vana Sastha, Vana Durga and Bala Ganapathy are self-manifested in this temple. Here, in this shrine, Goddess Vana Durga is in the state of Penance, and God Bala Ganapathy is regaining his original form on his own day by day.
There are Golden colored snakes, white colored snakes and Cobras are in the forest which is in the back side of this temple and many have witnessed it long time ago. The gigantic trees which are surrounding the temple is a vital sign for this temple’s eon. And no one is permitted to go into the forest area which is behind the temple.
During Panguni Uthram, a festival of five days is grandly celebrated in this temple. In the month of Karthigai Mandala Pooja of 41 days, Pournami Pooja, Aayilya Pooja are also taking place. During every evenings Sandhya Pooja is taking place as a Nithya Pooja.
How to Reach:
This Temple is situated in the National Highway NH-47 which runs from Kanyakumari to Thiruvananthapuram. The Temple is situated Swamiyar Madam – Verkilambi Road, near the Kovikal Bridge. The Temple is located at about 1.5 Kms from Swamiyarmadam, 2.5 Kms from Verkilambi, 6 Kms from Thiruvattaru, 11 Kms from Kulasekharam, 15 Kms from Thirparappu, 7 Kms from Marthandam, 11 Kms from Kuzhithurai, 10 Kms from Thuckalay, 16 Kms from Colachel, 11 Kms from Padmanabhapuram, 13 Kms from Eraniel, 22 Kms from Nagercoil, 28 Kms from Boothapandi, 42 Kms from Kanyakumari and 52 Kms from Thiruvananthapuram. Nearest Railway Station is located at Kuzhithurai and Eraniel. Nearest Airport is located at Thiruvananthapuram.