Vaikathashtami, observed in the Malayalam month Vrishchikam on the eight day after full moon day, is one of the most popular temple festivals in Kerala. Vaikathashtami 2016 date is November 21. The festival is held at the famous
at Vaikom near Kottayam in Kerala. Lord Shiva is worshipped here in the form of a Shivling, which is believed to have been formed during the Tretayuga. Vaikom Mahadeva Temple
The Vaikathashtami festival lasts for 12 days and the most important day is the Ashtami day. Ashtami is the eighth day after full moon and no moon as per traditional Hindu calendar.
The festival attracts thousands of people and one of the major highlights during the festival is the Ashtami Vilakku or lamps. Another major ritual during the festival is the arrival of Lord Murga (Subrahmanya) from the nearby
Udayanapuram Subrahamanya Temple to pay respects to his father Lord Shiva at the . Vaikom Temple
You can find more details about the festival in this earlier article on Vaikathashtami.