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Parippu Mahadeva Temple History Festival

Parippu Mahadeva temple is located at Aymanam village in Kottayam district, Kerala. The 8-day annual festival in the temple ends with arattu on the Thiruvathira nakshatra in Medam month.

This is one of the last major temple festivals in Central Travancore.

The shrine is one among the 108 Shiva temples in Kerala. The main deity faces east.

The Upa Devatas worshipped in the temple are Sri Krishna, Sastha, Ganapathy and Goddess Bhagavathi. There are two Balikkal puras in the temple and Bhagavathy has separate shrine.

The present temple was built by the Madathil Raja (Edappally raja) in 825 CE. A local ruler Idathil Raja was not on good terms with Madathil Raja and both rajas were ardent devotes of Shiva worshipped at Parippu Mahadeva temple. They did not wish to see each other at the temple that they visited regularly. To overcome the ego issue, two Balikkalpuras were constructed in the temple; unlike the single Balikkalpura seen in other temples in Kerala.

Mahashivaratri Kumbham month and Thiruvathira in Dhanu masam are held in the temple.