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Ayalur Shiva Temple – History – Festival

Ayalur Shiva Temple is located at Ayalur near Nemmara on the banks of Ayalur puzha in Palakkad district, Kerala. The sankalpam of Shiva worshipped is that of Shiva performing tapas. Another belief is that Shiva is residing here along with Goddess Parvati (Parvatisamethanaya Shivan).

The Prathishta in the temple was performed by Kharan. The darshanam of Ayalur Shiva is towards east. The Nandi Vigraham is on the thekke nada. The Upa Devata  worshipped in the temple is Ganapathi.

The annual festival in the temple concludes on Karutha Vavu (the Amavasya or no moon day) in Thulam month. Arattu is held on Ayalur puzha. Earlier Kulangattu nair is used to go along with the arattu procession (akambadi sevikkuka).

The famous Ratholsavam is held on Thiruvathira nakshatra in Dhanu month (December – January).

Vishu vela is held on the next day of Vishu in Medam month.

The temple belonged to a local ruler named Kodakara Nair. Later it came under the control of Kochi kingdom. The temple was known as Akhileshwaram as there was lot of Akhil in the area. The name got shortened to Akiloor and over a course of period it came to be known as Ayalur.

The temple is now maintained and administered by Nair samajam.

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