Achan Koil Dharma Sastha
Achan koil is a place which is 30 km from Shenkotta and 40 km from Punalur and is one most important five important temples of Lord Ayyappa , consecrated by sage Parasurama himself in Kerala. The place is also in the junction between Kerala and Tamil Nadu. The Dharma Sastha here is with his two wives Poorna and Pushkala. The God is addressed as SAtsha or Arshan or Andavan.Here women are given free entry in to the temple unlike Sabari Mala.
Along with the Dharma Sastha , the temple also has other gods. The most important is the Achan koil karuppan who is the security guard of Ayyappa. There are two important festivals in this temple. One is wo days prior to the Mandalabhishegam day , when a car festival is held at the temple. There is a story of a golden sword which was sent by Lord Ayyappa of Kantha Malai to this temple. That golden sword is exhibited during the car festival. The other festival is to honour Swami Krishnaji who has done great service to the temple. There is also a ten day festival in the month of Dhanu.This is celebarated on the Revathi star in the month of Thai. The temple is in the middle of the forest and is not easily approachable to the Kerala Pilgrims but relatively better approachable from Tamil Nadu.
The water in the temple well as well as the sandal paste from the left hand of Sastha idol are supposed to be very powerful antidotes for snake poison.