Aryankavu Dharma Sastha
Aryan Kavu is 31 km from Punalur.. The temple is built 35 feet below the road level. The God is supposed to have married Pushkala at this temple and has this consort on his left side. Pushkala is supposed to belong to the Saurashtran community who have occupied parts of Madurai. They are supposed to have migrated from SAurashtra, The devotees of this temple believe that The God Ayyappa was brought up by the king of Madurai and Pushkala who was a SAurashtran girl fell in love with him. Another story says that Pushkala who was only ten years old at that time, accompanied her father to Trivandrum and on the way they happened to stay in Aryankavu temple. The girl fell in love with the God. And on the way back, she merged with the God. Lord Sastha informed this to the priest of the temple and requested him to honor Pushkala’s father.
The two main festivals in this village are the Madala pooja and the Thirukalyanam festival both celebrated in the month of DEcember.Invitation to the marriage is sent every year by the Travancore Devasvam board to the Saurashtran community in Madurai Every year the marriage is celebrated following the rituals of the Saurashtran community in a grand way . Large number of Saurashtra community members attend this festival bringing with them gift to the bride.
Nearby this Sastha temple is the Mampazhathurai BHagwathy temple . The Goddess is in a fierce form at this temple . There are various theories about this temple. Some people believe that the marriage of Pushkala and Sastha did not take place and with great anger Pushkala and went to Mampazhathurai and sat there. Another view is that Mampazhathurai is only an Yakshi temple . This appears as more plausible because the people in Tamil Nadu believe that Pushkala is married to Dharma Sastha.