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Pallippuram Mahadeva Temple Festival – Thiru Iranikulam Kalathil Mahadeva Temple

Thiru Iranikkulam Kalathil Mahadeva temple is located at Pallippuram on Cherthala – Arukutti road near Pallichantha in Alappuzha district, Kerala. The 8-day annual festival at Pallippuram Mahadeva temple ends on Thiruvathira nakshatra day in Medam month.

The main deity worshipped in the temple is Uma Maheswaran (Goddess Parvati and Shiva). The Sankalpam is that of Uma sitting on the lap of Maheshwara.

The Prathishta in the temple is a Valkannadi made of bronze (odu) – a type of Kerala mirror. The deity faces east.

The Upa Devatas worshipped in the temple are Nanadurga, Ganapathy, Nagaraja and Nagayakshi.

The Naivedya prepared for Shiva is shared with Goddess Durga.

The temple belonged to Cheruvally Swaroopam. The place was earlier known as Vallipuram. The headquarters or asthanam of Cheruvally Swaroopam is at Iranikulam in Thrissur.

It is said that once there was a fight between at Iranikulam temple in Thrissur between the Uralanmar regarding holding the kuthuvilakku. In the fight a person got killed. After this incident, Cheruvalli Swaroopam got the Shiva worshipped in the temple here (avahichu kondu varika).

Another legend is that Brahmins who went to participate for Murajapam in Iranikulam temple got the murti (avahikkuka) from the temple in a Valkannadi. But during their journey to their village, the deity got stuck at Pallipuram.

The main offering in the temple is Cheru Payasam.