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Chezhunganoor Mahadeva Temple – Festival

Chezhunganoor Mahadeva temple is located on the Kunnathukal - Perumkadavila Road at Chezhunganoor near Neyyattinkara in Thiruvananthapuram district, Kerala. The temple is dedicated to Shiva. The annual festival in the temple is held in Malayalam Meena Masam (March – April). Thirumugha Ezhunnallathu (തിരുമുഖ എഴുന്നള്ളത്ത്) of Chezhunganoor Mahadeva Temple, Kunnathukal will be on 11 March 2024.

This beautiful temple is different from the normal Kerala temple architecture. The shrine has a round sanctum sanctorum – vatta sreekovil. A Shivling is worshipped in the west facing sanctum. The temple has a kodimaram (flagpole), namaskara mandapam and upa devatas shrines. Majority of the structures are made out of granite stone.

This is one of rare Shiva temples in which Goddess Parvathi and Mahadeva are worshipped in a single Shivling.

The annual festival in temple is note for ezhunnallathu, various rituals and pujas associated with Shiva temples including dhara, and homams. Caparisoned elephant and temple art forms of Kerala are part of the annual festival. The festival concludes with arattu procession on Thiruvathira nakshatra day in Meena Masam.