Kulathoopuzha Dharma Sastha temple
Kulathoopuzha is situated in the Trivandrum- Chankottai road . The temple is built on a river island. The deity is temple is called Manikandan. People believe the original temple was built by the Pandya king who was the foster father of Ayyappan. The peculiarity of this temple is that seven stones enclosed in a metal jacket is worshipped as God here.
It seems one Bragmin devotee was returning from Rameswaram Pilgrimage and happen to take rest near the river bank here. It seems he ordered his serbvants to prepare food for him,. With an intention of making a make shift stow , those servants first spotted a big stone and collected two stones to make a Stow. But the fixed stone was taller than their gathered stones. So they kept those two stones on two other stones. But to their surprise, the fixed stone grew further tall. Then thinking of fixing it, They hit the fixed stone with one of those gathered stone. It seems immediately blood started flowing from the big stone. They summoned their master .That Brahmin sprinkled the sacred waters collected from Rameswaram on that stone and the bleeding stopped. It seems then Lord Ayyappa appeared before the Brahmin in the form of a child and requested him to build a temple for him there. The king of KOttarajara under whose jurisdiction , that spot fell arranged to build a temple there .The devotees worship the God as the boy Manikandan.
Feeding the fishes in the river is the most important form of worship at this temple. It seems a girl lost her golden ring in the river. The fishermen could recover the ring from the fish in the river surrounding the temple and so fish feeding became a popular form of worship. There is a Nagraja consecrated at this temple. Couples with children come and worship this Nagaraja and pray for child birth.
The festival of Vishnu in the medam month and the following four days are celebrated as a festival in this temple.