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  • Ettumanoor Mahadevar Temple

    Ettumanoor Mahadeva temple is an ancient Shiva temple in Kottayam, Kerala, India. It has brought glory and fame to the place. Myths have it that the Pandavas and the sage Vyasa had worshipped at this temple. The name of the place has its origin from the word 'manoor', which means the land of deer. The temple is one of the major Shiva temples in Kerala counted along with the Shiva temples of Chengannur Mahadeva Temple, Kaduthruthy Mahadeva Temple, Vaikom Temple, Ernakulam Shiva Temple and Vadakkunathan temple. Distance from Malliyoor Ganapathy Temple to Ettumanoor Mahadeva Temple is 11 kms.


    Legend is that the Shiva lingam found here was installed by the Demon KHARA from the epic Ramayana. He worshipped Shiva at Chidambaram and obtained 3 Lingams. He carried one in each hand and the third in his mouth. Since this Lingam was installed from his mouth, the place got the name “Kadichiruthy Prathishitta”. (Kadichu – bite, thuruthy – to be placed). The other 2 Lingams were installed at Vaikom & Ettumanoor. Hence it is believed that darshan of all 3 Lingams before noon on a single day fulfils ones wishes. Distance from Malliyoor Mahaganapathy temple to Kaduthuruthy Mahadeva Temple is 5 kms.

  • Vaikom Sree Mahadeva Temple

    Vaikom in Kottayam district of the southern state of India, Kerala, is one of the main pilgrim centres of the south. Famous for the Vaikkath Asthami celebrations in November/December, it is one of the few temples which is held in reverence by both Shaivaites and the Vaishnavaites. Vaikkom’s Shiva is fondly called Vaikkathappan. The Shiva Linga here is believed to be from the ‘Treta yuga’ and considered as one of the oldest temples in Kerala where pooja has not been broken since inception. Distance from Malliyoor Mahaganapathy temple to Vaikom Mahadeva Temple is 20 kms.

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