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Chirakkadavu Mahadeva Temple in Makaram Month

Chirakkadavu Mahadeva Temple is located 3 km south of Ponkunnam in Kerala. The annual temple festival is observed in Makaram month. It attracts scores of devotees to the shrine. Chirakkadavu Mahadeva Temple festival 2016 begins on January 23 and ends on February 1 with Arattu.

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

The annual festival is noted for various rituals.

Caparisoned elephants, melam, fireworks and sheevali are part of the festival.

Traditional performing arts, music and dance are staged during the period.

Hundreds of people arrive on the day to witness various rituals and festivities.

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.