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Thrippekkulam Mahadeva Temple – Festival - History

Thrippekkulam Mahadeva temple is located at Thrippekkulam – Thumboor in Thrissur district, Kerala. The temple is dedicated to Shiva. The annual Maha Shivratri festival falling in Kumbha Masam (February – March) is of great importance in the temple. The annual festival in the temple is held in such a manner that it ends with arattu on Thiruvathira nakshatra day in Kumbha Masam.

The annual festival is famous for ezhunellathu atop caparisoned elephant, panchavadyam, utsava bali, nirmalya darshanam, arattu, and kodikkal para.

This is a beautiful Shiva temple located in the middle of paddy field. The temple has a round sanctum sanctorum – vatta sreekovil. Shiva Lingam is the main prathishta in the temple.

There are three temple ponds here. One is located inside the temple compound and never dries even during the peak summer season. Two ponds are located outside the temple complex.

The shrine has a kodimaram, chuttambalam, namaskara mandapam, upa devata shrines and Nandi. Elephants are part of the annual festival here.

As per history, the Shivling worshipped in the temple was discovered by a woman while cutting grass. Her sickle hit a unique shila and blood started oozing out from it. Soon she started moving around the Shivling in frenzy. People who assembled discovered the Shivling and consecrated it on the orders of the woman.