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Lalam Mahadeva Temple At Pala - Festival - Vavu Bali

Lalam Mahadeva Temple is located at the heart of Pala town. The shrine is one of the oldest Shiva temples in the area and is locally known as Dakshina Kashi. The temple has small gopurams on the east and south side. The 10-day annual festival in the temple is held is Dhanu month and ends with arattu in Meenachil River (meenachilaru). Maha Shivratri is another important festival in the temple.

The shrine observes the annual Karkidaka Vavu Bali and Pitru Tarpanam on the Vavu or Amavasya day in Karkidakam month in the Meenachi River. Hundreds of people arrive at shrine and offer various rituals to ancestors. Special arrangements are made by temple management for Bali Tharpanam throughout the year especially during Vavu (no moon day or Amavasya).

The Upa Devatas worshipped in the temple are Ganapathi, Ayyappa, Yogeshwaran, Rakshas, Yakshi and Naga Devatas.

Punar Prathista was performed in the temple in 2001 CE. The temple has a two-tired rectangular shaped sanctum sanctorum.

The Lalam River flows near the temple and there is also a cremation ground in front of the shrine.