Ettumanoor Mahadeva Temple Timings:
Morning: 4.00 AM to 12.00 Noon
Evening: 5.00 PM to 8.30 PM
The Temple Entry is Fee.
About Ettumanoor Mahadeva Temple:
Located about 10 km from Kottayam to Kumarakom, Ettumanoor Mahadeva Temple is a sacred and revered Hindu place. Regarded as the oldest temple in the state of Kerala, it is believed that this temple was a common place of worship for Pandavas and Sage Vyasa in ancient times. Dedicated to Lord Shiva, the sanctuary is popular for its spectacular murals, magnificent frescoes and excellent 16th century wood carvings, taken from the classic epics of Ramayana, Mahabharata and Puranas. The old lamp at the entrance of the temple is fed daily with oil by the devotees; it was thought that it had ignited 450 years ago and had been burning ever since.
Renovated in 1542 (717 ME), the sanctuary is famous for its magnificent gopuram (tower of the monumental house), its roofs covered with copper plates, its gold flagstaff and its impressive murals. The temple premises consist of a sanctorum sanctuary, the main idol of Lord Shiva and smaller shrines dedicated to Lord Ganapathi and Lord Shasta. One of Kerala’s richest Devaswoms, this temple is filled with tourists and pilgrims throughout the year. However, it comes alive literally during the great festival of Arattu which is held from February to March.
Every year Aarattu festival is celebrates on Thiruvathira day in the month of February-March and is celebrated for 10 day in a grand manner.
Ettumanoor Mahadeva Temple Ezhara Ponnana:
Ezhara Ponnana refers to the seven and a half statues of golden elephants that are safe in temple premises. The eight statues are released each year during the Arattu festival to display them. Ezhara means “seven and a half years” and Ponnana means “golden elephants” with an interesting myth. A legend says that it was presented to the temple by the founder of the kingdom of Travancore, Anizham Thirunal Marthanda Varma.
Another story says that, although Marthanda Varma promised to make the offerings, the elephants were donated during the reign of his successor, Maharaja Karthika Thirunal. The reasons for donations are also numerous. Some myths say that elephants were compensated for the damage done to the temple during the annexation of Thekkumcore by Travancore. Others say that elephants were given when Tipu Sultan’s army was at the gates of Travancore to loot it. Made of jackfruit wood, the elephants are covered with 13 kg of gold plates.
Ettumanoor Mahadeva Temple Dress Code:
Ettumanoor Mahadeva Temple temple follows a strict dress code for the devotees.
The dress code for men is Dhoti with or without Angavastra.
The dress codes for women are Sarees, half Sarees, Dhoties, Salavar or Pavadas with blouse or other coverings as appropriate to their age.
Note: Modern dresses like Trouser, short skirts are not allowed. Girls below 12 years may wear gowns. No other types of dress should not be worn or taken inside the temple.
How to Reach Ettumanoor Mahadeva Temple:
Ettumanoor is located 4 km from Athirampuzha. The temple is well connected by roads. Buses, rickshaws and taxis are available almost all the time to get to the temple.
The nearest railway Station is Ettumanoor Railway station which is 2 kms from the temple.
The nearest airport is the Cochin International Airport which is 77 kms from the temple.
Ettumanoor Mahadeva Temple Address:
Ettumanoor Temple Road,
Phone: 0481 271 9375