SRI AYYAPPA SOCIETY OF TAMPA, INC. (SASTA) was formed in 2000 by several Ayyappa devotees in Tampa Bay area with a primary object of building an Ayyappa shrine with 18 steps and establish proper Ayyappa Pooja services. Registered in Florida (Tax ID# 59 - 3682469) .

The Temple built in Tampa is the first of its kind in North America. It is the first Temple with Lord Ayyappa as the main presiding deity with holy 18 steps. Every year during Mandala Season, the most prominent season for Ayyappa Swami we get devotees from all over USA.

SASTA has been conducting Lord Ayyappa poojas and various cultural as well as educational events to promote the awareness of Dharma Sasta and Sanatan Dharma. The other deities in the Temple are Lord Ganesha, Lord Muruga, Goddess Devi, Lord Shiva & Lord Guruvayuappan.

One of our primary goals is to get the next generation kids involved in the temple. Following are the weekly classes offered at the temple: Bagavat Gita, Yoga, Slokas & Bhajans, Classical Music & Dance, Indian Language learning, Meditation and Sanskrit classes. This Mandal season, we have created a platform for local talent to perform in the Saturday Music concerts.

Symbolism behind SASTA

SSat Sang Guidance from wise persons
AAradhanaWorship of the Divine
SSamastha BhavanaPractice of  Sense of equality
TTat Tvam AsiDivine are you ( Veda Maha Vakya - Central theme of Swamy Ayyappa worship)
AAtma SiddhiSpiritual realization

Sri Ayyappa Temple

Sabarimala of USA: First Ayyappa Temple in USA with 18 Holy steps and Lord Ayyappa as the main presiding deity. Mandala season is celebrated with Maladharnam, Irumudi Kettunira, Patha yatra, climbing of Holy 18 steps, Nei Abhisekham, Padi poojas, Mandala Utsavam and Makara Jyothi. TAMPA VASA AYYAPPA PAMBA VASA AYYAPPA.

For monthly Ganapathy homam, Ayyappan abhishekam and other event information, please contact:

Darshan Hours

Pamba vasa Ayyappa - Tampa vasa Ayyapa - Swamiye Saranam Ayyappa!
Starting May 27th 2020 Time
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday8:00 am to 10:30 am
6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Saturday and Sunday 9:00 am to 1:00 pm
4:00 pm to 9:00 pm

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Sri Ayyappa Temple of Tampa
6829 Maple Lane,
Tampa, FL - 33610

(813) 618-7278