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Vazhithala Thrikkekkunnu Shiva Temple – Festival

Vazhithala Thrikkekkunnu Shiva temple is located at Vazhithala on Thodupuzha-Koothattukulam road in Idukki district, Kerala. The temple is dedicated to Shiva – Mahadeva. 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 chuttambalam,  namaskara mandapam and with sculptures.

The Upa Devatas worshipped here are Goddess Parvati, Ganapathy, Subramania, Ayyappa or Sastha and Goddess Bhadrakali. There are also Nagas and Rakshas here.

Annual Shivratri festival is noted for abhishekam, dhara, pushpanjali and homams. Ezhunnallathu atop caparisoned elephant performed along with traditional Kerala temple folk art forms. Pageantry, procession and floats are part of the festival.

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