Ettumanoor Shiva Temple is antiquated and pious temple of Kozhikode regions. This temple is well known and highly frequented shrines. Mainly this temple is visited by thousands of devotees and tourists.
Location : Ettumanoor Shiva Temple is located at Etumanoor of Kottyam district. The shrine is located at a distance of 12 km from Kottayam town.
About Ettumanoor Shiva Temple :
Ettumanoor Shiva Temple is also known as Ettumanoor Mahadevar Temple. It believed that this temple have been built in the 16th century. This temple is a revered hindu devotional place. Valiyavilakku is the unique feature of this temple.In this temple tourists see the beautiful giant oil lamp that are located at the entrance of the main shrine has remained lit for over 450 years. People believed that this lamp has medicinal value and is good for eyes.
This temple is dedicated to lord Shiva, but apart from Shiva, devotees also worship Goddess Bhagavati, Lord Ganapathy, Lord Sastha and Yakshi in this temple. Thulabharam is main rituals of this temple.
Temple Design : The present Ettumanoor temple building, with its gopuram and the fortress around it, was reconstructed in 717 ME (1542 AD). Ettumanoor Temple is too exhibits beautiful and rich sculptures and mural paintings. The walls of the inside and outside of the main entrance are inwrought with Dravidian Mural Paintings. Temple roofs are covered with copper sheets with 14 ornamental tops. In this temple there is also a golden flag staff
Myth of This temple : According to Myths, Pandavas and the sage Vyasa had worshipped at this temple. So this temple also has the historical importance also.
Main Festival : "Arattu" is the main festival that is celebrated in this temple. This festival is held on Thiruvathira day in February–March every year. During festival time this temple is attracts many devotees and visitors. On the 8th and 10th day of the "Arattu" festival lots of poeple visited this temple. On these days seven and half elephants (in Malayalam: ezharaponnaana) made of gold (nearly 13 Kgms) will be held in public view.