Sasthamangalam Mahadevar Temple
The Sasthamangalam Mahadevar Temple is an ancient Hindu temple situated near Paipinmood Junction in the Sasthamangalam ward of Thiruvananthapuram Municipal Corporation, Kerala State, India. It is located on top of a hill away from the city centre, thus preserving the spiritual tranquility of the shrine. The temple is more than 700 years old according to the available records, and was regularly visited by the Kings of Travancore. It is administered by the Travancore Devaswom Board.In this temple the main deity is Lord Shiva and the sub-deities are Ganapathi and Dharma Sastha (Ayyappan). Outside the temple compound on the banks of Killi River, murthis of Bhadrakali and Veerabhadran, Nagarajah and Nagayakshi are consecrated.
Location : Shasthamangalam Sri Mahadeva Temple, Soorya Gardens, Pipinmoodu, Shasthamangalam, Trivandrum, Kerala, India, Pin code - 695010.
Gods : Lord Shiva
Landmark : The nearest airport is Trivandrum International Airport. The nearest railhead is Trivandrum Central Railway Station. Buses are available to reach Shasthamangalam from Trivandrum.
The main annual temple festival here lasts for ten days, commencing on the Thiruvathira Star Day with the hoisting of a flag on the golden flagstaff in the Malayalam month of Dhanu and ending with the Aarattu ceremony on the tenth day (in December-January according to the western calendar). The ceremonies of Pradosham, Shivrathri, Makara Vilakku and so on are all auspicious at this temple.
Offerings are made by devotees in the form of anointing the deity with water, rosewater, milk, tender coconut water, ghee and so on; presenting garlands made up of sacred leaves of the bael tree (vilwa leaves in Sanskrit, koovalam in Malayalam); Ganapathi Homam, Mrityunjaya Homam (fire rituals); Archana; Muzhukappu (adorning the deities with sandalwood paste); payasam (sweet porridge) and so on. Annadanam (feast) is offered on festival days.