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Edathiruthy Ayyappan Kavu Temple – Unique Festival Ritual – History

Edathiruthy Ayyappan Kavu temple is located at Edathiruthy (around 2 km east of Edamuttam junction on Kodungallur – Triprayar road) in Thrissur district, Kerala. The Ayyappa worshipped in the shrine is with jada – matted locks (jadadari Ayyappan).

The Upa Devatas worshipped in the temple are Ganapathi and Shiva. The 7-day annual festival in the temple is held in such a way that Kodikuthayi is held on the next day of Thrissur pooram (Uthram nakshathram). In Kodikuthayi ritual, a elephants pulls down the flag post.

As per history, the temple was first maintained by Ayiroor Swaroopam. Later it came under the control of Blahayil Nair. It was taken over from him by the Kochi king.