About Parippu Mahadeva Temple:
Parippu Mahadeva Temple is a Hindu temple located in Parippu, Aymanam Panchayath Kottayam District, in the Indian state of Kerala. This temple mentioned as Nalparappil in the famous Stivara Shivalaya is closely related to Thekkumkur Raja. It is currently managed by Travancore Devaswom’s board of directors. Bhadrakali Mattappally Nambudiri has tantric rights to the temple.
The presiding deity there is Lord Shiva, facing to the east. It is believed to be one among the 108 ‘Shivalayas’ consecrated by Lord Parashurama. Krishna, Sastha, Ganapathy and Bhagavathy are the subordinate deities. The main offerings to the deity are Dhara, Pinvilakku, Pushpanjali, Payasam and Koovalamala.
The main deity is Lord Maha Shiva, looking to the east. It is believed to be one of the 108 “Shivalayas” consecrated by Sri Parashurama. The main offers to deity are Dhara, Pinvilakku, Pushpanjali, Payasam and Koovalamala.
The current temple was built by “Madathil Raja” (Edappally Raja) in 825 AD. He belonged to the Madathil palace near Parippu. The local chieftain Idathil Raja was not on good terms with him and the two rajas dedicated to Lord Shiva do not wish to meet at the Mahadeva temple where they go regularly. As a solution, two “Balikkalpuras” (traditional facade) were built in the temple. Unlike other temples in Kerala, it has only one Balikkalpura.
In the past, nearly 141 Nair families settled in Parippu. Ancient art forms such as “Ezhamathukali” and “Kavanayeru” have made great progress. Parippu, which is close to the water bodies, has gained political prominence for the presence of Raja’s military unit and trade relations.
Sub Deities in Parippu Mahadeva Temple:
Parippu Mahadeva Temple Festivals:
The annual festival (Thiruvutsavam) is hosted in the Malayalam month of ‘Meenam’ (March/April). Maha Shivaratri and Thiruvathira are other noted festive occasions.