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Thirunakkara Temple – Thirunakkara Mahadeva Temple – Shiva Temple at Kottayam in Kerala

Thirunakkara Temple is located in Kottayam Town in Kerala. At Thirunakkara Mahadeva Temple, Lord Shiva is worshipped in a benign and calm form. The natural formed, or Swayambhu, Shivling is six inches tall. The temple is famous for Pakalpooram and the Shivratri Festival.

Thekkumkoor Raja constructed the temple around 500 years ago. The temple bears striking resemblance to the famous Vadakkunnathan Temple in Thrissur. This is because, the king is believed to have darshan of Vadakkunnathan in his dream.

The shrine is a typical example of Kerala Style Temple architecture. The walls of the sree kovil are noted for its beautiful paintings.

The main sanctum sanctorum contains Swayambhu Shivling and a small murti of Goddess Parvati.

A white thechi plant and the Nandi worshipped in the temple is believed to have appeared along with the Shivling.

The most important festivals in the shrine are the Panguni Uthiram festival and Pakalpooram.

Shivratri is another important day in the shrine.

The subsidiary deities worshipped in the temple include Ganapati, Sastha, Subrahmanya, Goddess Bhagavathy, Nagas and Brahamrakshas. There is also another separate shrine of Shiva where he is worshipped as Vadakkumnathan.