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Nettur Shiva – Vishnu Temple Festival – Tirunettur Mahadeva Temple

Tirunettur Mahadeva temple is located at Nettur in Ernakulam district, Kerala. Nettur Shiva – Vishnu temple festival is held in Dhanu masam. The kodiyettam for Shiva in the Thirunettoor temple is held on Uthrattathi nakshatra in Dhanu month. The kodiyettam for Vishnu is held on Aswathy nakshatra in Dhanu month. Both the festival concludes on Thiruvathira nakshatra with arattu.

The 8-day annual festival is famous for kooti ezhunnallathu. This is held on the seventh day of the festival. The Utsava murtis of Shiva and Vishnu are taken around the temple in procession atop a caparisoned elephant to the accompaniment of Kerala temple music. The festival ends with arattu.

Shivratri and Ashtami Rohini are two other important festivals in the temple.

The important deities worshipped in the temple are Shiva and Vishnu. The sanctum sanctorum is big and circular in shape – vatta sreekovil. The deities face east.

The upa devatas worshipped in the temple are Sri Krishna, Ganapathy, Subrahmanya and Saraswati Devi are worshiped in the sreekovil of Ganapathy, Nagam, Gulikan and Yogeshwaran.

The shrine is believed to be one among the 108 Shiva temples in Kerala. The murti was consecrated by Parashurama.

Shiva is worshipped in Rudra Bhavan and Vishnu as Vaikunteshwara.

It is said that the Vishnu murti was consecrated in the shrine as per the directions of Vilwamangalam Swamiyar who visited the temple.

The temple is famous for performing Karkidaka Vavu Bali dedicated to departed ancestors.