Location: Ettumanoor (Kerala, India)
District : Kottayam
Ettumanoor Mahadeva temple is an ancient Shiva temple in the district of Kottayam, Kerala. Ettumanoor is 10 kilometers north-east of Kottayam town. Myths have it that the Pandavas and the sage Vyasa had worshipped at this temple. The present temple building, with its gopuram and the fortress around it, was reconstructed in 1542 AD. There are Dravidian mural paintings on the walls inside and outside of the main entrance. The fresco of Pradosha Nritham (Dance of Shiva) is one of the finest Wall painting in India. Inside the Temple a glittering golden Holy Mast (Kodimararn) is mounted on an elevated square platform to welcomes the devotees, where the idols of the eight Guardian-Gods ‘‘Ashthadik Palakas” are installe. The temple attracts devotees not only from India but also from abroad.
Prominent Features Ettumanoor Mahadeva Temple: Prominent Features Of The Temple includes 1) Valiyavilakku (a Divine Oil Lamp)–At the entrance to Sanctum this large oil tamp keeps ever awak; 2) Vrishbha Vahanam (Bulls made of bronze)–Two imposing images of bulls, one in granite and another in copper–tin alloy add to charm to the richly carved mandapam; 3) Ezharapponnana (7 & 1/2 Elephants made of gold)–Among th wealth of precious metals and stone of the tempIe, the images of seven large elephants and one baby elephant in solid gold along with bunch of Arecanuts made of Gold were gifted by the Travancore Mahaharaja. No temple in the world has such beautiful and heavy Golden Elephants; 4) Peroorkavu (A small temple for Kali Godess)–The ten days’ annual festival of this Temple is concluded with the holy bath of Ettumanoorappan (The diety of Lord Shiva) in the nearby river at Peroor a small village 4 Kms.southward of Ettumanoor.
Festival of Ettumanoor Mahadeva Temple: The ”arattu festival” celebrated on a grand scale during February–March every year. People visit this temple on the 8th and 10th day of the festival when seven and half elephants (in Malayalam: ezharaponnaana) made of gold (nearly 13 Kgms) will be held in public view. This statue was donated to the temple by a travancore maharaja. The temple, is one among the wealthiest in Kerala, has many valuable possessions.
By road: Ettumanoor
By rail: Nearest railway stations are Ettumanoor (2 K.ms), Kottayam (11 K.ms)
By Air: Nearest airport is Kochi International Airport (77 km)