Festivals in Kottayam
Ettumanoor Mahadeva Temple
Ettumanoor Mahadeva Temple is an ancient Shiva temple located in Kottayam, India. It is renowned for its annual temple festival, during which the eight golden statuettes of elephants, known as Ezhara Ponnana, are taken out from the temple vault for the devotees to witness. According to legend, the statues were presented to the temple by Anizham Thirunal Marthanda Varma, the founder of the Travancore kingdom, or by his successor, Maharaja Karthika Thirunal, as an offering for either damages suffered during the annexation of Thekkumcore with Travancore, or as a penalty for the marauding army of Tipu Sultan hammering on the gates of Travancore. The statuettes are made of jackfruit tree and covered with nearly 13 kg of gold plates. The Ezhara Ponnana Darshan is the high point of the temple festival and takes place on the midnight of the eighth day of the ten-day festival.
Thirunakkara Arattu is one of the oldest festivals celebrated in Kottayam, Kerala. It is celebrated in the month of April at the Thirunakkara temple. The festival is celebrated in honor of Lord Shiva, who is the presiding deity of the temple. A procession is held in which traditional dance, music, and other rituals are performed. The procession culminates in a grand procession in which Lord Shiva is taken around the temple in a palanquin.
There Are a many More festivals Celebrated By Kottayam Like Ashtami Ulsavam – Vaikom and Onam , Christmas, Ramadan.
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