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Kidangoor Murugan Temple History - Festival – Information About Subramanya Swamy Temple at Kidangoor

Kidangoor Subramanya Swamy Temple is located around 10 km from Pala in Kottayam District. The temple is dedicated to Subrahmanya or Muruga. The 10-day utsavam or annual temple festival begins on the Karthika Nakshatra in Malayalam Kumbham month.  The festival ends with Arattu.

Thaipooyam in Makaram month is another important festival. 

The belief is that the temple was initially a Vishnu temple. The main murti worshipped in the temple is Bala Subramanya. The height of the murti is 5 feet including the peedam. The deity faces east. The temple has a gold plated flag post or kodimaram. 

Women devotees do not enter the Nalambalam. the priest in the temple should be of Pullur Gram Sabha. 

Kidangoor was one of the first 64 Brahmin villages in ancient Kerala. This was the main village temple of the Kidangoor.

The Upa Devatas in the temple are Vishnu and Sastha. One of the pillar in the Koothambalam of the temple has the presence of Mahamaya. 

One pillar of the Koothambalam is made of Malakuranthoti tree. The pillar has stories from Ramayana and Mahabharata etched on it.

The festival begins with kodiyettam. 

The temple is traditionally decorated with plantain, coconut leaves, flowers, leaves, traditional lamps and lights for the occasion. Various unique offerings are made at the shrine during the period. Traditional performing arts, music and dance are staged during the period. Caparisoned elephants, melam, fireworks and sheevali are part of the festival.

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.