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Thiruvankulam Mahadeva Temple – Thiruvankulam Shiva Temple Festival

Thiruvankulam Mahadeva Temple is located near Tripunithura in Kerala. This famous Shiva shrine is around 4 km from Tripunithura town in Ernakulam District. The festival is noted for unique rituals and festivities and attracts scores of devotees. The festival ends with Arattu. 
The 10-day festival ends on the Thiruvathira Nakshatra in Kumbham month. Shivratri is another important festival in the temple.

A powerful Shivling is worshipped in the chathura sreekovil - square sanctum sanctorum. The Upa Devatas worshipped here are Goddess Parvati, Ganapathy, Ayyappa and Nagaraja and Nagayakshi. 

The temple has a nalambalam, namaskara mandapam, kodimaram and shrines of Upa Devatas.

The annual festival is noted for dhara, homam, yagna, abhishekam, pujas and rituals, ezhunellippu, Kerala temple folk arts and cultural programs.

The shrine also observes various other holy occasions like Ramayana Masam, Ayilyam pooja, Vinayaka Chaturthi, Navratri, Mandala kalam, Thrikarthika and Thiruvathira.

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