Haripad is located north of Kollam
and is home to the Subramanya temple. The other well known shrine dedicated to Subramanya
in Kerala is at Udayanapuram. Also near
Haripad is Mannarsala, where a serpent
grove is held in great reverence.
This temple enshrines an imposing
image of Subramanya said to have been worshipped by Parasurama. Much of the temple is a
result of renovations carried out in the 20th century.
This temple celebrates annual festivals in the tamil
months of Aavani (Aug-Sep), Maargazhi (Dec - Jan), Chittirai
(Apr-May). Kaartikai Deepam and Thai Poosam are also
celebrated here. Kaavadi dances are offered in this temple as with Murugan temples in
The annual festival commences on the first day of the
malayala new year Vishu. Paraphernalia for Vishu celebrations here are
brought from the Kalarickal temple at Karuvatta near Mavelikara,
and gifts from the Haripad temple are reciprocated.