Painguni Uthram is one of the important festive occasions of Shasta temples in South India, especially in Kerala
and Tamil Nadu
. This festival, held amid much pomp and merriment, commemorates the birth of Lord Ayyappa
. As per Malayalam era, Uthram star in the month of Meenam
(March-April) is celebrated as Painguni Uthram. Thousands of devotees visit the Shasta temples during this occasion to get the divine grace and blessings.