A “must visit” on the list of all tourists in the region, the dominating Ettumanoor Mahadeva Temple is known for its grandeur and beauty. This magnificent complex boasts of an illustrious entrance gate that stands stoic on the highway between Kottayam and Ernakulam and is an important stopover for pilgrims heading towards the Sabarimala Temple. You will be awe-stricken by the beauty of the temple’s interiors, which is as extravagant and colossal as the gate outside. The Ettumanoor Mahadeva Temple is also known for its towering copper roof and Dravidian style architecture-- that sets it apart from the rest of the temples in the vicinity.
The temple is visited by thousands of pilgrims each year and is presided by Lord Shiva along with the subordinate deities Bhagavati, Yakhsi, Sastha and Ganesha. Every year, pilgrims from all walks of life travel to the EttumanoorMahadeva Temple in the months of February-March to witness the delights of the Arattu festival. This annual event is best known for its celebrations on the 8th and 10th days--when they get to feast their eyes on a gold statue of seven and a half elephants. This unique statue was donated by the Maharaja of Travancore.
At the Ettumanoor Mahadeva Temple, it is a common religious practice to offer gold in relation to petitions. You can see pilgrims weighing themselves (or those for whom the petition to the deity has been made) and offering fruits, foodstuff or gold in accordance to their weight. Alluring, striking and colorful, the Ettumanoor Mahadeva Temple is definitely worth a visit.
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All days of the week 4:00 AM - 12:00 PM 5:00 PM - 8:30 PM