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Vadakke Mylakkad Sreekanteswaram Mahadeva Temple – Festival

Vadakke Mylakkad Sreekanteswaram Mahadeva temple is located at Vadakke Mylakkad near Kottiyam in Kollam district, Kerala. The temple is dedicated to Shiva – Mahadeva. The annual Shivratri festival in Malayalam Kumbha Masam, which falls in the first fortnight of March or the last week of February, is of great importance in the temple.

The temple has a small Shivling in the chathura sreekovil. There is a kodimaram (flag post0, chuttambalam, namaskara mandapam, temple pond and shrines of upa devatas.

The upa devatas worshipped in the temple are Ganapathy, Ayyappa, Hanuman, Bhagavan Sri Krishna and Nagaraja and Nagayakshi. A nandi or Rishabham is located in front of the temple.

The shrine is famous for conducting Maha Mrityunjaya Homam.

Annual Shivratri festival is noted for abhishekam, dhara, pushpanjali and homams. A fair is held in the temple premises during Shivratri festival.

Pradosham, Ramayana Masam, Vrischika Masam, Thrikarthika and Thiruvathira in Dhanu masam are of importance in the shrine.

During the annual festival in the temple is famous for Kuthirayeduppu. A heavily decorated tall temple car known as Kuthira is pulled to the shrine on the occasion. These are giant structures that are decorated with cloth, flowers, and ornaments.