The temple is about 700 years old. Sridharmasastha, who was worshiped by many eminent Tantris and devotees, was the deity and worshiper of the Avanakode Bhattathiri. The main deity of this temple is Lord Ayyappa (child form of Vana Sastha). This is one of the few temples in Kerala where Sri Dharmasastha gives blessings in the form of a child. Avanakode Sastha also has a concept of Vaidyanathan, so he had various ailments and experiences that have been changed by the grace of God. Some people also remember the history of the anointing tirtha of this temple which was used as medicine in ancient times. God is worshiped also in the concept of Goddess of Promise - She is worshipped for blessings for beginning of education, (non)interruption of education and birth of a child.
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