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Pandalam Mahadevar Temple Information - Festival

The annual festival at the Pandalam Mahadevar Temple is observed in Dhanu Masam. It is a ten-day festival. Another important festival is observed on the Thiruvathira nakshatra day in Kumbham month. Mahashivratri is another important festival in the temple.

The annual festival begins nine days before the Thiruvathira festival in Dhanu Masam. The festival ends on the Thiruvathira nakshatra day in the month.

The festival begins with kodiyettam (flag hoisting). The festivals, pujas and important rituals are held with the help of 12 villages in the region.

Kumbha Thiruvathira

Observed on the Thiruvathira nakshatra day in Kumbham month, the one-day festival is famous for Thalappoli. Apart from pujas and rituals, the festival is famous for Kettukazhcha.

The utsava murti of Mahadeva arrives atop a caparisoned elephant to have darshan of the various Kettukazhcha presented by the 12 villages.

Pandalam Mahadevar Temple Important Facts

  • It is one of the oldest Shiva temples in South India. It is believed that the shrine is among 108 Shiva temples consecrated by Khara Muni.
  • Main deity – Lord Shiva – Mahadev
  • Subsidiary deities - Parvathy, Ganapathy, Murugan, Ayyappan, Nagaraja, Nagayakshi, Rakshas and Brahma Rakshas
  • The shrine is located on the banks of Achankovil River. The river plays and important role in the festivities of the temple especially a Kettukazhcha arrives on traditional vallam (boat).
  • It is believed that Lord Ayyappa performed worship in the shrine.