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Vaikathashtami 2020 Date - Festival Vaikathashtami at Vaikom Mahadeva Temple in 2019

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 2020 date is December 8. The festival is held at the famous Vaikom Mahadeva Temple at Vaikom near Kottayam in Kerala.

Lord Shiva is popularly known as Vaikkathappan here and he appears in three forms in a day – morning he is Dakshinamurthy, noon he is Kiratamurti and in the evening he is Sambasivan along with Goddess Parvati. The huge Shiva Linga worshipped here, which is five feet in height, is believed to have formed during the Treta Yuga.

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.

Festival Highlights

The festival attracts thousands of people and one of the major highlights during the festival is the Ashtami Vilakku or lamps. 

Vaikathashtami festival is the day when Lord Shiva and Parvati is believed to have given darshan to Sage Vyaghrapada.

Another highlight of the day is the arrival of Lord Muruga (Subrahmanya) from the nearby Udayanapuram Subramanya Temple. The father (Shiva) and son (Muruga) meet in the temple premises and bids farewell after a short meeting. This annual ritual attracts thousands of devotees.

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