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Maruthoorkulangara Mahadeva Temple History - Festival

Maruthoorkulangara Mahadeva temple is located at Maruthurkulangara near Karunagappally in Kollam district, Kerala. The 10-day annual festival begins with kodiyettam on Chathayam nakshatra in Makaram month.

The main deity worshipped in the temple is Shiva – there are two opinions regarding the murti in the temple one is that Shiva is here in Ananda Tandava form and another opinion is that he is in Rudra Tandava form.

The sanctum sanctorum faces east. There is Mahameru, Sri Chakra and Salagram in the sreekovil.

The Upa Devatas worshipped in the temple Ganapathy, Sastha, Nagaraja, Rakshas, Yakshi and Madan.

It is believed that the presence of Shiva was first felt in the north side of the temple. Moolasthanam is here and prayers are offered here too.

The Balikkal in the temple is covered with copper. 

The temple belonged to ancient Martha royal family. Before they surrendered to the Travancore kings, the Martha family donated the temple to Akavoor Mana. Currently the temple is managed by a committee of villagers.