Kangazha Mahadeva Temple Festival

Kangazha Mahadeva Temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and it is located around 20 km from Changanassery in Kottayam District in Kerala. The annual festival or utsavam is observed in Malayalam Kumbham month. Kangazha Mahadeva Temple annual festival 2016 beginning date is March 3. The festival coincides with the Shivratri festival.

The temple is traditionally decorated with plantain, coconut leaves, flowers, leaves, traditional lamps and lights.

Melam, traditional Kerala temple music with five instruments, are performed as part of the festival. Traditional performing arts, music and dance are staged during the period. Another highlight is the colorful processions.

Various unique offerings are made at the shrine during the period.

The festival ends with Arattu. The utsava murti of the deity is taken out of the shrine for ritual bathing on the final day. Caparisoned elephants and melam are part of the ritual.