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Navaikulam Sankaranarayana Swamy Temple - 6 Feet Tall Vigraha - Festival

Sankaranarayana Swamy temple is located at Navaikulam in Thiruvananthapuram district, Kerala. The 10-day annual festival begins on the Uthrattathi Nakshatra in Medam month with kodiyettam.

Navaikulam Sankaranarayana Swamy Temple Festival

The temple festival begins with flag hoisting and ends with Arattu on the last day.

Devotees get to have darshan of the murti atop a caparisoned elephant during the festival. Usual temple rituals are observed during the festival. The shrine is decorated with plantain and coconut flower during the occasion. Temple arts, dance, music and cultural programs are performed during the 10-day festival.

The murti or vigraha in the temple is nearly 6 feet tall and is the combined form of Shiva and Vishnu. The deity faces east. The Upa Devatas in the temple are Ganapathy, Sastha, Yakshi, Naga and Bhagavathi.

This is one of the most popular Sankaranarayana Swamy temples in Kerala along with Payyanur Ramanthali Sankaranarayana Temple.