Timings : 4:00 AM - 12:30 PM and 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Time Required : 1 - 2 hrs
Entry Fee : No Entry Fee
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Located at a distance of about 10 kms from Kottayam in Kumarakom, Ettumanoor Mahadeva Temple is a revered holy place of the Hindus. Considered to be the oldest temple in the state of Kerala, the temple is believed to have been a common site of worship by the Pandavas and Sage Vyasa in the ancient days. Dedicated to Lord Shiva, the shrine is popular for its spectacular murals, beautiful frescos and excellent wood carvings made in the 16th century, which are borrowed from the classic epics of Ramayana, Mahabharata and Puranas. The age-old lamp at the entrance of the temple is fed with oil by devotees every day; it was believed to have been lighted 450 years ago and has been burning ever since.
Renovated in 1542 AD (717 ME), the shrine is popular for its magnificent gopuram (monumental gatehouse tower), roofs covered in copper plates, a golden flagstaff and outstanding wall paintings. The temple premises consist of a sanctum sanctorum, the chief idol of Lord Shiva, and smaller shrines dedicated to Lord Ganapathi and Lord Shasta. One of the wealthiest Devaswoms in Kerala, this temple is thronged by tourists and pilgrims all through the year. However, it literally comes to life during the grand festival of Arattu celebrated in the month of February - March.
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