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Kaloor Pavakkulam Sri Mahadeva Temple information - Festival

The annual temple festival at Kaloor Pavakkulam Sri Mahadeva Temple near Ernakulam is observed in the Dhanu month as per traditional Malayalam calendar followed in Kerala. The annual festival at Kaloor Pavakkulam Sri Mahadeva temple begins ten days before the Thiruvathira nakshatra in Dhanu month. The festival ends on Thiruvathira nakshatra.

The annual festival is noted for special pujas, rituals, taking the utsava murti of the main deity outside the temple and presentation of various temple art forms of Kerala.
Special Utsava Bali to get the blessings of Upa Devathas and Parivaraprathishtas are conducted on the eighth day.

The most important event during the ten day festival is the pakalpooram, which is observed on the ninth day. The procession starts from the Cherathrikkovil Sree Krishna Swamy temple.

Every year a Sunday during the festival is dedicated to remembering famous Music Director Sri Raveendran Mash. His songs and compositions are rendered throughout the day by famous and eminent musicians.

For three days during the festival Murajapa Homam is conducted in the temple premises.

Pournami Pongala At Kaloor Pavakkulam Sri Mahadeva Temple

Pournami Pongala is observed on the pournami or the full moon day in Medam month. 

The festival is observed for eight days and ends on the full moon day with Pongala.
The pongala ritual is offered to Mother Goddess Parvati Devi. Thousands of women devotees perform this annual ritual for peace and prosperity.

Cultural programs, Thiruvathirakali and dance festival (nrithyothsavam) are part of the eight day festival.

Other important festivals observed in the shrine include Shivratri, Ramayana Masam, Karkidaka Vavu Bali and Navratri.

The annual prathishta dinam observed on the third day of Midhunam month is famous for Shiva Purana Sameeksha. It begins ten days before the annual prathishta dinam and concludes on the Prathishta dinam. Maharudram, special pujas to the Shivling and Nandi are part of the annual prathishta dinam festival.

Kaloor Pavakkulam Sri Mahadeva Temple

Main Deity – Shiva in the form of Shivling and Swayamvara Parvathi Devi.
Shiva worshipped in the temple is the amsham of Nataraja performing Tandava Dance. The main deity faces east and Nandi lies in front of him.

Swayamvara Parvathi Devi is found behind Shiva Lingam as she is pacifying Lord Shiva who is in an anger. She faces west.

Another murti of Goddess Parvati found in the inner sanctum holds a garland in her right hand. As she is courting Shiva, it is believed that those wishing to get married early will be able to get their desire fulfilled.

A lamp kept behind Shivling is light as part of offering by devotees. This helps in solving all problems related to marriage and relationships.

Kaloor Pavakkulam Sri Mahadeva Temple Timing

Morning hours – 4:00 AM to 11:00 AM
  • Nirmalya Darshanam is at 4:30 AM
  • Special Parvati puja is at 7:15 AM
Evening Puja hours – 4:30 PM to 8:00 PM
  • Deeparadhana at sunset
  • Special Parvati puja is at 7:00 PM
  • The temple is located in the heart of Ernakulam Town. It is at a walk able distance of 1.2 km from Ernakulam north railway station.
  • A kilometer from Lissie Metro Station.
  • Kaloor International Stadium is around 1.2 km from the temple.