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Thottakkara Mahadeva Temple – Festival - Vavu Bali

Thottakkara Mahadeva temple is located at Thottakkara on Thodupuzha Ramamangalam road in Ernakulam district, Kerala. The temple is dedicated to Shiva – Mahadevar. The shrine is famous in the region for observed Karkidaka Vavu Bali and Pitru Tarpanam. The annual Shivratri festival (Kumbha Masam), which usually falls on the last week of February or first fortnight of March, is an important occasion here.

The temple has a small Shivling in the chathura sreekovil. The temple has a namaskara mandapam and with sculptures. There are a couple of upa devatas.

Annual Shivratri festival is noted for abhishekam, dhara, pushpanjali and homams.

Pradosham, Ramayana Masam and Vrischika Masam (mandala kalam) and Thiruvathira in Dhanu Masam are of importance in the shrine.

The shrine observes the annual Karkidaka Vavu Bali and Pitru Tarpanam on the Vavu or Amavasya day in Karkidakam month. 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).