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Velloorkunnam Mahadeva Temple – Festival – Muvattupuzha Pooram

Velloorkunam Mahadeva temple is located at Velloorkunnam - Thottumkal Peedika near Muvattupuzha in Ernakulam district, Kerala. The temple is dedicated to Shiva – Mahadeva. The annual 6-day festival ends on the Thiruvathira nakshatra day in Dhanu Masam (December – January) and is famous as Muvattupuzha Pooram. Maha Shivratri in Kumbha Masam (February or March) is an important day at Velloorkunnam Shiva temple.

The temple is located on the banks of the merging of three rivers. The murti of Shiva worshipped in the temple is that of Kirathamoorthy – hunter form of Shiva that appeared before Arjuna of Mahabharata to bless him with Pashupatastra.

The Upa Devatas worshipped in the temple are Ganapathy, Sri Krishna, Sastha or Ayyappa and Nagaraja and Nagayakshi.

Mondays, Saturdays and the fortnightly Pradosham days are important at Velloorkunnam temple.

Pakal pooram and Kuda maattam are celebrated on the fifth day. Eleven majestic elephants in glittering ornaments and colorful parasols participate in the pooram. Melam, panchavadyam, procession and Kerala temple folk arts are the other important event on the occasion. The festival ends with Arattu.

Tantric rituals including abhishekam, homam, yagna, kalasham, dhara are part of the annual Shivratri festival.