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Irumpanam Makaliyam Sree Rama Swami Temple – 18-Armed Sri Rama Combined With Shiva

Irumpanam Makaliyam Sree Rama Swami temple is located at Irumpanam near Tripunithura in Ernakulam district, Kerala. The shrine is rarest of the rarest as the murti worshipped here is a combined form Shiva and Sri Rama.

The murti of Bhagavan Sri Rama faces west. The murti of Bhagavan Sri Rama is unique as the sankalpam of him annihilating Demon Khara. Sri Rama is so powerful here that he has just killed demon Khara, and his brothers Dooshana and Thrissirass along with fourteen thousand asuras.

Legend has it that Demon Khara, who was an ardent devotee of Shiva, asked Bhagavan Sri Rama to give him darshan in the form of Shiva. Thus Sri Rama here has both the form of Vishnu and Shiva.

Sri Rama is here known as Makaliyathappan and he is with 18 hands holding several weapons and numerous other auspicious things.

The most auspicious days in the temple are Mondays and Wednesdays.

As the murti worshipped in the temple has the presence of Shiva and Sri Rama, the temple has two main priests.

The Upa Devatas worshipped in the temple are Ganapathi and Ayyappa. There is also sankalpam of the presence of Hanuman and Garuda in the shrine.

The shrine is believed to have been built between the 11th century CE and 13th century CE. The gopuram and oottupura of the temple was gutted in a fire around 200 years ago. The temple was reconstructed with a copper flag post and now includes gopuram, chuttambalam and oottupura.

Irumpanam Makaliyam Sree Rama Swami Temple Timings

Morning Darshan Time is from 5:00 AM to 10:00 AM

Evening Darshan Time is from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM

The 8-day annual festival is observed in Makaram month.