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Chirakkadavu Mahadeva Temple – History – Information - Festival

Chirakkadavu Mahadeva temple is located at Chirakkadavu in Kottayam district, Kerala. The Shivling worshipped in the temple is swayambhu (of divine origin) and the sankalpam is that of Shankaranarayana.

The darshanam of Chirakkadavu Mahadeva is towards east. The Upa Devatas worshipped in the temple are Ganapathi, Sastha and Rakshas.

The 10-day annual festival begins on Punartham nakshatra in Makaram month (January – February). The Velakali performed during the festival is a unique offering. Children between the age of five and twenty dressed up as warriors holding swords and shield dance according to the rhythmic beat of the drums. The Vela Thullal dance attracts huge crowd.

As per local belief that temple is located at the spot where Koopaka Alwar had performed Tapas. Another belief is that while cutting grass, the sickle hit a stone under a bilva tree and blood appeared on it. The temple was built on the spot.

It is also said that the king of the region, who had built the temple, spent his last days in an ashram near the bilva tree here. His penance was so intense that Bhagavan gave darshanam to him. He later came to be known as Kuwala Maharishi.

The Balikalu of the temple is considerably big. In front of the Balikalu there is a beautiful sculpture and a huge lamp cut out off a huge granite stone. Although Balikallu is big it does not obstruct darshanam from the eastern gate. Another attraction of the temple is its wood carvings.

There are five poojas, three Seeveli and Navakam daily in the temple.

There is a huge pond or chira on the eastern side of the temple. The place gets the name Chirakkadavu from this pond.

Meenari is an important offering here. On the Karkidaka Vavu day devotees buy rice from the temple and feed the fish in the temple pond. The belief is that this offering will help in curing diseases.

Chaturshatam is performed in this temple.

In the past when people used to walk to Sabarimala, they used to halt at Chirakkadavu Temple. Ayyappa devotees consider Chirakkadavu Sree Mahadeva as the father of Ayyappan. On the 24th day of Dhanu Masam, Ayyappan Pattu is conducted in the temple.

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